Industry bodies launch All Secure Standard for business events

A trio of industry associations has launched guidance for exhibition, trade fairs, and consumer shows to reopen under the All Secure Standard label. 

The Association of Event Organisers (AEO), the Association Event Venues (AEV) and the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) have launched the risk assessment based Covid-19 safety standard for event venues.

The ‘All Secure Standard’ is aimed at ensuring best Covid-19 safety practices and guidance is adhered to in venues which are holding business events and consumer shows.

The guidance has been approved by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), following months of constructive dialogue with numerous government officials and departments

“Following the announcement last week, that events will get back to business later this year, we are delighted to share the guidance which has been painstakingly created by so many of our members,” AEO CEO Chris Skeith said.

“We are so grateful for their hard work and contributions, to help create this guide which has been approved by the government.”

AEV director, Rachel Parker added that the “collaborative working” has been fundamental to the launch of the All Secure Standard.

“Bringing together and working with our colleagues and partners from across the industry has proven that we can provide a robust and workable solution to the greatest challenge we have faced for many years.

“This guidance is an extension of the risk assessed approach the industry uses on a daily basis to protect its customers and visitors.”

The guidance will be used as the structure of the ‘pilots’ referenced in the Prime Minister’s announcements last week, and AEO, AEV & ESSA said they will remain committed to working with the government to get the events industry back to business, safely, securely, and in line with the reopening timetable.

Th eGuidance will be specifically referenced in the ‘Working Safely during coronavirus (COVOD-19)’ web pages imminently. This can be viewed here.