UK business events and conferences to restart from October

Business events and conferences in the UK will be allowed to resume from October 1 provided rates of infection remain at current levels.

Following the announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a number of pilots will take place at event venues across the country to plan for a return to large-scale events and test how best to implement social distancing practises.

“Business events and conferences are a key part of our visitor economy and this is an important step in getting them back up and running safely,” said Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston.

“Pilots will help inform our plans for the return of the sector in October with guests and staff adhering to social distancing and measures introduced to reduce close contact.

“The UK has a great reputation in staging fantastic events that help drive growth for many different sectors and this will give the business event sector the certainty it needs to plan for the future.”

Some of the measures being considered to allow for the safe resumption of business events and conferences include attendees needing to pre-book and pre-register to attend events; contactless registration systems at venues; eliminating the need for physical badges and lanyards; social distancing protocols for attendees and exhibitors; and enhanced cleaning procedures.