We at DD Exhibitions are passionate about Tradeshows and the Events Industry, and we want to do all we can to help you. We have decided to create an easy place for you to access all the Coronavirus and Social Distancing updates from the Government to help you feel more assured that you have all the up to date key information regarding your industry.
Update – 30th September 2020:
After the recent updates from Boris Johnson about the event’s industry, We Make Events is encouraging venues and places of work to #LightItInRed to help raise awareness that the events industry is in need of urgent support from the Government in order to survive the COVID-19 crisis. They are encouraging venues to light up their buildings in red at 8pm (local time) on the 30th of September.
You can read more about how to get involved here: https://www.wemakeevents.com/global-action-day
Source: WeMakeEvents (2020) ‘Global Action Day’. Accessed here: https://www.wemakeevents.com/global-action-day (accessed on: 29th September 2020).
Update – 29th September 2020:
At 12:30 pm today, people are standing quietly in Parliament Square for 30 minutes in a socially distanced, safe, organised way, positively reflecting the people of the events and exhibitions industry. Organised by We Stand As One.
Source: ESSA, (2020) ‘STRONGER TOGETHER – PEACEFUL PROTEST 29/09/2020’. Accessed here: https://www.essa.uk.com/peaceful-protest-29-sep20 (accessed on: 29th September 2020).
Update – 23rd September 2020:
After yesterday’s sad news that events like conferences and exhibitions will not be able to run from October 1st, it has been confirmed that business events of up to 30 may continue to run. This 30, however, includes everyone involved at the event, including venue staff and organising staff.
Source: Fullard, M. (2020) ‘Business events for up to 30 can continue’, Conference News. Accessible here: https://www.conference-news.co.uk/coronavirus-updates-news/business-events-30-can-continue (Accessed on: 23rd September 2020).
Update – 22nd September 2020:
Boris Johnson has now confirmed that conferences and exhibitions will not be allowed to run from the 1st of October, for six months, as the UK moves into COVID level 4. He said to the house of commons:
“We must acknowledge that the spread of the virus is affecting our ability to reopen business conferences and exhibitions and large sporting events, we will not be able to do this from 1 October. I recognise the implications for our sports clubs, which are the life and soul of our communities, and my Rt. Honourable friends the chancellor and culture secretary are working urgently on what we can do to support them.”
Source: Fullard, M. (2020) ‘Conferences and exhibitions will not reopen on 1st October, Prime Minister confirms’, Conference News. Accessible here: https://www.conference-news.co.uk/news/conferences-and-exhibitions-will-not-reopen-1-october-prime-minister-confirms (accessed on: 23rd September 2020).
UPDATE – 22nd September 2020:
New information has been released about Sporting events, as cabinet office minister Michael Gove says that plans for fans to return to watch live sporting events in England from the 1st of October will not go ahead.
BBC News quotes Gove saying “What we must do is look at sporting events now with caution but we also recognise that sport is a vital part of this nation and we’re looking at everything we can do to support our athletes, our great clubs, through what will be a challenging time.”
Source: BBC News, (2020), ‘Coronavirus: Plans for fans to return to sport events in October called off’, BBC News. Accessible here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/54246745 (accessed on: 22nd September 2020).
UPDATE – 9th September 2020:
This week Boris Johnson announced the new ‘Rule of Six’, which restricts gatherings to a maximum of six people and will be enforced by the police.
It was also announced that the plans to try out larger audiences in venues towards the end of September are now being revised, and the government is reviewing its plan to allow spectators back into sports stadiums from the 1st of October.
Source: BBC News, (2020) ‘Coronavirus: ‘We must act’ to prevent second lockdown, says PM’, BBC News. Accessible here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54093465 (accessed on: 22nd September 2020).
UPDATE – 21st July 2020:
Last July Ginsburne Estate hosted the first ever socially distanced festival. Events organiser and entrepreneur, Robyn Isherwood, came up with the logistics and plans for the festival. It quickly became a success. With Robyn’s hexagonal shaped pods, each designed to fit six individuals, everyone was able to safely enjoy the event.⠀
Energetic, immersive and, more importantly, safe, this could be the new way to host festivals. ⠀
Source: Bloodworth, A. (2020) ‘Inside The UK’s First Socially Distanced Music Festival’ HuffingtonPost. Accessible here: https://bit.ly/32RFCc9 (accessed on: 19th August 2020)