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Business events for up to 30 can continue

Business events for up to 30 may continue to run, it has been confirmed.

The news comes hours after the prime minister, Boris Johnson, announced that conferences and exhibitions will not be allowed to run from 1 October.

However, and further to their earlier statement, the Meetings Industry Association has said that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has confirmed that smaller business and training events can take place in Covid-secure venues, i.e. venues that follow the official health guidance.

The total of 30 covers everyone involved in the event, including any venue or organiser staff in the same room. It does not permit an event for 30 delegates and further staff which would take the total beyond.

Read the Meetings Industry Association's guidance here.