Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is now able to host events at up to 75% of its original capacity per event space, to a maximum of 5,000 attendees.
The change is following the implementation of stringent health and safety measures to keep customers safe. MCEC has an approved COVIDSafe event plan from the Victorian government.
These approved measures include methods to ensure contact tracing, changes to food and beverage service and physical distancing, as well as preventing attendance at events by delegates from designated red zones.
Each prospective event organiser seeking to hold their event at MCEC can work with venue staff to ensure their type of event complies with the approved MCEC plan, and that they provide any required additional information to the Department of Health and Human Services.
MCEC’s VenueSafe Plan includes advisors to work alongside event organisers, employees and contractors to ensure all health measures are followed. It also sees building access restricted to event attendees only, with no general public access allowed.
Health check stations are at each entry point, including access to regular hand sanitising. Frequent routine cleaning is in place, alongside signage prominently displayed to indicate 1.5 metre physical distancing.
Peter King, Chief Executive of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, said: “Whilst we have been innovative throughout the pandemic to ensure continued use of the space, we are thrilled to be able to host exhibitions and other events again.
“At MCEC we are incredibly proud to be acknowledged as a standout venue for COVID-safety, as our customer health and comfort is our top priority.”