MCEC reopens under new Roadmap

The MCEC team

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is set to reopen from November 5, 2021, with greater capacities than initially expected.

Under the updated Phase C of the Victorian Government Roadmap, fixed-seated indoor events can soon proceed at 75 per cent capacity to a maximum of 1,000 attendees, while standing and non-fixed-seated indoor events are limited by one person per four square metres density requirement (up to a maximum of 5,000).

MCEC already has events in the pipeline and are raring to go

For indoor events, face coverings must also be worn at all times, and no dance floors are allowed. A Covid Check-in Marshall will also be appointed.

Outdoor events can proceed with up to 5,000 attendees and a density limit of one person per two square metres. All attendees and people working on events must be fully vaccinated.

Under the new arrangements, events heading to the venue this November include the annual Starlight Children’s Foundation fundraising dinner, new immersive digital art gallery THE LUME Melbourne, and the return of in-person end-of-year celebrations for school leavers.

MCEC chief executive, Peter King, said the “future is certainly bright”, and he is excited to see the venue welcoming customers and visitors back through the doors.

“MCEC is recognised as an important contributor to the State of Victoria, and we are proud to have robust COVIDSafe practices in place ensuring we’re ready and able to host events of all sizes safely,” King said.

When Victoria transitions to Phase D at 90 per cent double dose vaccination – anticipated to be November 25, 2021, onwards – events may proceed with no attendee caps or density limits for the fully vaccinated subject to COVIDSafe measures. However, capacity limits may also apply depending on the level of vaccination at the event. This is subject to review and approval of MCEC’s Venue Specific COVIDSafe plan.

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