The Government will continue to pay up to 80% of the wages of employees who have been furloughed
Details have also emerged about the awards gala pilot event
Four of the UK’s event industry associations representing the conference, meetings, and exhibitions sectors, have welcomed the news that now sees business events treated consistently with other formats
The Meetings Industry Association is unsatisfied with the timing of the announcement
Jane Longhurst, chief executive of the Meetings Industry Association warned that that Manchester having to close much of its business sets a precedent for further closures
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.
Longhurst added that without a clear re-opening date and no clear idea whether financial support would be forthcoming, the events industry has “simply been hung out to dry”
The confirmation comes four days after the prime minister introduced the 'Rule of Six'
Over a third of 197 responding venues (34%) are reporting values between £1,000,000 and £5,000,000 for lost business as a result of Covid-19, according to latest research data from the Meetings Industry Association
The business events and meetings sector has been ignored by Westminster to date, despite publishing official hygiene and operating guidance on 24 June