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ICC Sydney to recommence in person events from mid-October
Under the New South Wales Government’s roadmap to reopening, International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) is preparing to welcome in person events back to the venue from mid-October.
According to the NSW Government Gazetted Health Order, 10th September 2021, conferences and exhibitions at ICC Sydney can return at one person per four square metres and entertainment events can return at 75% of their fixed seating capacity.
ICC Sydney Chief Executive, Geoff Donaghy said the team would be contacting its customers about their events and had been receiving vaccination certificates from its workforce for months.
Donaghy notes “we have over 90 events in the diary from October through to Christmas and we’re contacting our customers to ensure they are able to proceed with a fully vaccinated workforce, event attendees, suppliers and contractors – everyone that will need to enter the venue.
“Our people are also keen to get back to doing what they do best, running extraordinary in person events, and have been sending in their vaccination certificates for some months before last week’s announcement.”
Through its internal COVID Taskforce, ICC Sydney has updated its EventSafe Operating Guide, which integrates NSW Government health regulations and parent group ASM Global’s rigorous Venue Shield program, and capacity charts.
Donaghy added “we’ve digested the details of the roadmap and the latest Health Order and we’re confident the team at ICC Sydney will be ready well before the reopening date is confirmed.
“We have been advised that the vaccination certificate checking process is currently being tested and will be ready for our reopening to in person events and that vaccination attendance will be outlined in a forthcoming Health Order.
“In the meantime, we have enough information to start planning the return of events and we have operated under these capacity conditions previously.
“We will continue our advocacy with decision makers and industry representatives to further relax these conditions over time, such as moving to a one person per two square metre protocol due to the highly controlled nature of business events.”
Event conditions outlined in ICC Sydney’s EventSafe documents include:
- Capacity must not exceed one person per four square metres of space in indoor areas of the premises and one person per two square metres of space in outdoor areas of the premises – this applies to our conferences and exhibitions
- Capacity at an entertainment facility must not exceed one person per four square metres in the premises, or 75% of fixed seating capacity of the facility, which would be applied to Aware Super Theatre, Darling Harbour Theatre and Pyrmont Theatre for entertainment events
- Face masks to be worn by staff and customers in indoor areas
- Singing and dancing by audiences is not allowed in indoor areas
- Patrons can only consume alcohol when seated in indoor areas.
10th August 2021 - ICC Sydney continues to successfully deliver virtual events
22nd April 2021 - ICC Sydney welcomes Martin Clapham as Director of Business Services
7th April 2021 - ICC Sydney launches its Media Studio for digital event solutions
17th March 2021 - ICC’s Geoff Donaghy flags importance of face to face events
12th January 2021 - ICC Sydney updates its COVIDSafe policy to retain ability to host events
12th November 2020 - ICC Sydney gets approval to increase patron capacity at Aware Super Theatre
4th November 2020 - ICC Sydney to proceed with hosting exhibitions
26th October 2020 - ICC Sydney events generate $510 million despite COVID-19 economic fallout
2nd October 2020 - ICC Sydney launches new virtual event platform
28th September 2020 - ICC Sydney welcomes the return of full in-person conference following COVID-19 pandemic
14th September 2020 - ICC Sydney unveils new look ‘Aware Super Theatre’
21st July 2020 - ICC Sydney awarded EarthCheck Environmental Certification
16th July 2020 - ICC Sydney’s Theatre to be renamed Aware Super Theatre
24th June 2020 - ICC Sydney secures sustainable development award
1st June 2020 - ICC Sydney secures Best Major Event Venue Award
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