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Business events & conferences given green light to resume in England from October

22 July 2020

Business events, conferences and events centres have been given the green light to reopen from October 1 as long as they adhere to social distancing measures, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced. Kickstarting the new year will be the Hazardex 2021 International Conference and Exhibition taking place on February 24 and 25 at the Majestic Hotel in the elegant Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate, UK.

Hazardex 2021

The Hazardex 2021 Call for Papers is now open – click here or read on for more details

As in previous years, Hazardex 2021 will include workshops, free seminar content, a networking dinner and awards ceremony, all aiming to strengthen and expand the community that looks to the Hazardex website and journal for industry intelligence and information.

With the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic causing many of us to work remotely and preventing the usual networking opportunities from taking place, Hazardex 2021 will be an ideal occasion for the industry to once again come together and make up for the lost months of crucial knowledge sharing and networking. 

Events & conferences return

The business event and conference sector, which is worth approximately £32.6 billion to the UK each year, will return provided the levels of infection remain at current rates.

The sector represented a quarter of the 38 million international visits to the UK in 2018 and provides a welcome boost to visitor numbers during the off-peak tourist season. Following the announcement, a number of pilots will take place at event venues across the country to plan for a return to large-scale events and test how best to implement social distancing practises. Details of these pilots will be finalised in partnership with the sector in the coming weeks.

New guidance, published by the Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport and the Association of Event Organisers, will help event organisers, venue operators and participants in the UK understand how they can work and host business events and conferences and keep both their guests and staff safe.

Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston said: “Business events and conferences are a key part of our visitor economy and this is an important step in getting them back up and running safely. Pilots will help inform our plans for the return of the sector in October with guests and staff adhering to social distancing and measures introduced to reduce close contact.”

The guidance makes clear that the following measures should be considered to allow for safe resumption of business events and conferences:

• Attendees will need to pre-book and pre-register to attend events
• Contactless registration systems will be introduced at venues to reduce waiting times and limit contact between organisers and guests
• A digital first approach will be adopted to eliminate the need for physical badges and lanyards
• Paper handouts and gifts will no longer be offered
• Entrance to event or conference spaces will be staggered to reduce queuing and overall capacity will be limited to ensure social distancing can be maintained
• Events will be planned around one-way systems for visitors
• Spaces between exhibition booths will be increased and aisles widened to achieve social distancing requirements
• All venues will also have enhanced cleaning procedures, with hand washing and sanitising facilities at frequent intervals

You can read the full guidance here:


Hazardex 2021 Call for Papers now open – share your knowledge and expertise with the global high hazard industry

The Call for Papers is now open for Hazardex 2021 and we are seeking submissions from contributors with experience and knowledge of the process safety and high hazard sectors. Submissions could be in the form of research, industry developments, lessons learnt from near-misses, investigation findings, good practice for industry, or case studies, to name just a few of the formats we are looking for. 

There is no charge to submit or present, although we are seeking only non-commercial papers which aim to share expertise and knowledge. 

All speakers will get an inclusive pass for all conference sessions plus a seat at the prestigious Awards Gala Dinner on the evening of February 24.

For more information on how to submit a paper, please visit:

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