Government signs off All Secure Standard after successful pilot

The All Secure Expo Pilot event in September proved event planners can safely put on events under the guidance of the industry’s All Secure Standard, which has been officially signed off by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Public Health England.

The All Secure Standard was developed during the summer by industry associations, including The Events Supplier and Services Association (ESSA), the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) and the Association of Event Venues (AEV).

The All Secure Expo Pilot event at the BDC in London took place on 2 September 2020 and showed that a return to live events during the COVID-pandemic was ‘perfectly plausible’, providing a clear set of protocols and guidelines were in place.

Rachel Parker, AEV director, welcomed the news on behalf of all three associations: “This is the culmination of a great deal of effort by all three associations and their members to restart live events in the UK.

“Despite the colossal damage inflicted on our industry by this virus, the government’s approval of the All Secure Expo Pilot and the framework that underpins this process means that we have proven the case for a safe return.

“This is the foundation for continuing our work to develop a road map towards re-opening our sector.”

The All Secure Standard, set out by ESSA, AEO and AEV, and their stakeholders, provides a framework of guidance and risk assessments to ensure a safe return to live exhibitions. All the work has now been approved by the UK government.

More information on the All Secure Standard can be found via these links, including Government guidelines and the key measures, which set out a ‘pick and mix’ list of measures to consider when planning events and can be used in conjunction with the risk assessments.

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