Corporate events, including conferences, meetings, AGMs, awards and banquets will be subject to one person per four sqm and allocated to groups no larger than 300 people in separate areas within the ICC Sydney.
In a statement, the venue said: “The exemption is an acknowledgement of the thorough, best practice health and safety standards in place at ICC Sydney and follows the recent announcements that ICC Sydney can host uncapped exhibitions at one person per four sqm and welcome 2400 patrons to its Aware Super Theatre.”
ICC Sydney CEO, Geoff Donaghy, said the increased capacity limit for corporate events is a vital next step in recovering from the coronavirus crisis for ICC Sydney and the business events sector.
“We are pleased to receive an exemption from the NSW Department of Health, which is testament to ICC Sydney’s ability to safely resume running larger events.
“Our industry has been hard hit since March. This exemption will significantly improve ICC Sydney’s ability to attract corporate events, which is essential for the wider recovery of Australia’s business event’s sector – worth over $36 billion annually to our economy”.
Following the exemption, preparations are now underway to welcome back larger conferences. The first of these events to be staged at ICC Sydney will be the 43rd COSPAR Scientific Assembly in a hybrid format. In conjunction with a Space STEM Park, the Assembly will attract up to 1500 local participants. A bespoke virtual platform will stream to an audience that is anticipated to exceed 3000 attendees.
All events held at ICC Sydney will continue to be delivered in line with the venue’s EventSafe Operating Guide which integrates parent group ASM Global’s rigorous Venue Shield program, while meeting NSW Government regulations.
To ensure the safe running of events in an environment transformed by the coronavirus pandemic, ICC Sydney has made operational changes including:
• Limit of 1500 people in groups of 300
• Separate entrances and exits for each group of 300 people
• Check-in and Service NSW contact tracing information collection
• Regular cleaning of high-traffic and high-touch areas with hospital-grade disinfectant
• Hand sanitiser stations in all paths of travel, frequently accessed areas and near bathroom facilities
• COVID-19 safety training for all operational, frontline and contract staff, as well as on-site COVID-19 Safe Hygiene Marshals