NSW and Victoria reopening.
Currently the vaccination rate in Australia’s two biggest states is lagging far behind the two most populous ones and that has repercussions for the event industry.
Although the number of infections in NSW and Vic is higher than the other states they have been able to reopen earlier because the rate of vaccination is protecting the residents of those states.
While events have continued in the bigger states they are now coming back in the populous states as restrictions are lifted and they reopen within their borders.
The density rule in NSW will change to one person per 2 sqm on next Monday – that is effectively full capacity for a dinner event.
However, as far as I can see venues, suppliers and event managers are not being inundated with enquiries for corporate Christmas parties. These are usually booked in by now so it will be interesting to see if there is a late rush.
And there seems to be no shift in the prospect of large business events not coming back until March 2022.
Although the restrictions on travel between NSW and Victoria were largely lifted overnight I’m only seeing local events so far, certainly no national ones.
And it was great to back at work this week via a Melbourne Cup event in Sydney.
On the 10th September, following a number of phone calls to get an email address that actually worked, I wrote to the NSW Health Minister regarding the then recently announced NSW Roadmap to Recovery with some specific questions relating to the event industry.
I received a response from the NSW Health Department this week, over seven weeks later, and on the day the new Premier announced that the information provided in that response would be redundant the following Monday.
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An updated version of AS/NZS 3002:2021 Electrical installations – Shows, Carnivals and Events was published on the 25th June 2021. Heard about it? We hadn’t either. Not surprising, given not a single representative from the Entertainment Industry was consulted.