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Prime minister confirms events industry restart date

Prime minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that conferences and exhibitions will be permitted in England from 1 October 2020.

Addressing the nation from Downing Street, 17 July, the prime minister said the decision would depend on data and that Local Authorities would have powers to close events if there was a danger to the public. The prime minister noted that there would be pilot events ahead of the reopening.

Events for up to 30 people are also permitted from 1 August.