Posted: 16th October 2020

As you are probably aware, the situation regarding guidelines related to COVID-19 is changing on a daily basis, with variations on a local level, due to the introduction of the new three tier system, and differences in restrictions within the devolved nations. Therefore, while we continue to work closely with our colleagues at DCMS, EIB, BVEP and other stakeholders to provide regular updated guidance for the hotel, and meetings and events sector, we would recommend checking the current guidance at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus on a regular basis.

General government updates
Guidance on working safely during COVID-19 in England has been updated for a number of sectors, with further detail provided in the relevant links:

Business Events guidance from Cabinet Office
DCMS received the following guidance from Cabinet Office confirming the current national position on business events will apply in Local Alert Level: Very High areas. Therefore, currently, venues can host business meetings for up to 30 people in Liverpool.

In very high alert level areas, additional restrictions may apply. Businesses should find out what additional measures apply in the Liverpool area and restrictions that are in an area with the Local Alert Level: Very High.

Business meetings and events of up to 30 people indoors are allowed in permitted venues if social distancing can be maintained and the venue can demonstrate it has followed the COVID-19 guidance. The rule of six does not apply to work, education and training activities.

Exhibition and conference centres are permitted venues, if they have small, separate and directly accessible meeting facilities as part of the site, and the venue can demonstrate it has followed the COVID-19 secure guidance. If permitted venues have multiple, separate meeting facilities, these can be hired out simultaneously for separate meetings/events if social distancing can be maintained, groups can be kept separate, and the venue can demonstrate it has followed the COVID-19 guidance. Business meetings and events of over 30 people should not currently take place in any venue. Banqueting and private dining events should not currently take place in any venue.

Wedding and Civil Partnerships
The Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships has been updated to reflect the recent changes in regulations.

DCMS Select Committee
The Secretary of State, Oliver Dowden MP, appeared yesterday before the DCMS Select Committee. Discussions during the committee included the £1.57bn Cultural Recovery Fund, the Job Support Scheme, the planned pilot events and large events. You can watch the committee here.

We will continue to provide further updates to our clients and stakeholders as they become available and work as closely as possible with our colleagues across Government and key trade and advocacy bodies to provide information and support to the travel and meetings and events sector.

As always, do get in touch with any of our team if there is anything we can do to help at enquiries@daviestanner.com