We can confirm this morning that the Department of Culture, Media and Sport have outlined that business meetings and events may take place for up to a total of 30 people, as long as social distancing is adhered to. This means the venue has to demonstrate that it is following the guidance and is COVID-Secure.

The Meeting Industry Association Chief Executive Jane Longhurt has issued the statement below:

“Event spaces can be used for reasons permitted by law, including for education and training purposes where reasonably necessary.”

“We know that the lockdown guidance is left completely to event owners’ and venues’ interpretation of what is reasonably necessary. However, having received this clarity just hours before lockdown officially commenced, it is likely to already be totally irrelevant to the majority of venues.”