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COVID-19: Resources and information

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We have so much to look forward to as we prepare for our UK City of Culture 2021 year, commencing in May. We are currently taking enquiries for business events from the start of our City of Culture year forward. All events are being planned in a flexible and responsive way, to allow them to be presented in line with the guidelines at the time they take place.

In the case of meetings and business events the current message is to stay or work from home where possible and the government is strongly advising against meetings taking place. It is only where it is absolutely necessary that a meeting should take place for education or training purposes for example. 

On Monday 22 February, the Prime Minister announced the Government roadmap that outlines how lockdown restrictions will be eased in England. Here are some key points from the government announcement that relate to conferences and business events in England.  

- No earlier than 17 May 2021 and subject to assessments, will some large events, including conferences, be allowed to take place.

- Controlled indoor events of up to 1,000 people or 50% of a venue’s capacity, whichever is lower, will be permitted, as will outdoor events with a capacity of either 50% or 4,000 people, whichever is lower. 

- The Government will make a special provision for large, outdoor, seated venues where crowds can be safely distributed, allowing up to 10,000 people or 25% of total seated capacity, whichever is lower. 

As well as this, no earlier than 21 June 2021, and subject again to assessments, will the government aim to reopen the remaining closed settings and enable large events, including theatre performances to take place. 

Looking ahead to when we can safely host events, our venues know exactly what it takes to host a successful event whilst keeping your delegation safe. Many hold COVID-19 accreditation schemes to demonstrate their commitment to keeping you safe.

Conferences offer a valuable opportunity to bring your teams back together, it’s been a tough year for us all but we know our venues can support you in arranging a secure event with your colleagues, customers or clients.    

Remember #MeetingsInTheMiddleMatter, support your business and support our venues.

If you would like advice on your next steps, please contact us today. Please call +44(0)7739 624582 / +44(0)24 7697 8577 or email and we will endeavour to support your enquiry.