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What changed for the Conference and Meetings Industry yesterday? (22nd September 2020)

September 23, 2020

Talking to the House of Commons yesterday the prime minister said “We must acknowledge that the spread of the virus is affecting our ability to re-open 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.” See yesterdays announcement from conference news here.

To us it is clear that this means that conferences cannot happen, however what is a conference as opposed to a meeting? For a stab at a definition of a conference as opposed to a meeting, see here. In terms of numbers what is absolutely clear is that meetings of up to 30 can take place. Whether slightly larger events can still take place is for us a moot point, see here for our reasoning, this dates from before the most recent announcement?

This is our understanding of the current situation, we are not lawyers.

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