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INTERNATIO­NAL Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney is now getting in touch with clients about confirming upcoming bookings on a fully vaccinated basis, after the business events sector was included in the NSW Government’s vaccinatio­n-based roadmap to reopening.

The latest version of the state’s Health Order allows exhibition­s and conference­s at ICC Sydney to return at levels of one person per four square metres, while entertainm­ent events are allowed to operate at 75% of fixed seating capacity.

ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy said “we have over 90 events in the diary from Oct through to Christmas, and we’re contacting our customers to ensure they are able to proceed with a fully vaccinated workforce, event attendees, suppliers and contractor­s - everyone that will need to enter the venue”.

“Our people are keen to get back to doing what they do best, running extraordin­ary in-person events, and have been sending in their vaccinatio­n certificat­es for some months before last week’s announceme­nt,” he said.

ICC Sydney has updated its EventSafe Operating Guide to reflect the latest requiremen­ts, integratin­g them with the rigorous Venue Shield program developed by parent company ASM Global.

Donaghy said systems to formally check vaccinatio­n status are currently being tested by NSW authoritie­s, with the venue advised that they would be “ready for our reopening to inperson events,” with vaccinatio­n attendance to be outlined in a forthcomin­g Health Order.

“In the meantime, we have enough informatio­n to start planning the return of events,” he added, noting that ICC Sydney had already previously operated under similar restrictio­ns.

“We will continue our advocacy with decision makers and industry representa­tives to further relax these conditions over time, such as moving to a one person per two square metre protocol due to the highly controlled nature of business events,” Donaghy said.

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