MCEC to reopen with greater capacities than first expected

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is set to reopen from Friday 5 November, with greater capacities than first expected, including up to 5,000 attendees in some spaces.

Under the updated Phase C of the Victorian Government roadmap, fixed-seated indoor events can soon proceed at 75 per cent capacity to a maximum of 1,000 attendees, while standing and non-fixed seated indoor events are limited by a one person per 4 sqm density requirement (to a maximum of 5,000).

Outdoor events can proceed with up to 5,000 attendees and a density limit of one person per 2 sqm. All attendees and people working on events must be fully vaccinated.

Under the new arrangements, events coming to the venue this November include the annual Starlight Children’s Foundation fundraising dinner, new immersive digital art gallery THE LUME Melbourne, the Venue Management Association 28th Asia-Pacific Venue Industry Congress and The Victoria Summit 2021.

MCEC chief executive Peter King said he is excited to see the venue welcoming customers and visitors back through the doors.

“We already have a number of exciting events ready to go, including THE LUME Melbourne, a new immersive digital art gallery and our future is certainly looking bright,” he said.

“I can’t wait to open our doors and get back to what we do best.”