From December 7, 2020, corporate events in New South Wales (NSW) will be able to take place with no capacity limit, provided there is two sqm per person, premier Gladys Berejiklian announced yesterday.

Previously, the maximum number of people who could attend a corporate indoor event could not exceed 300 people, or one person per four square metres.

BESydney has welcomed the announcement, with CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith commenting: “This is a fantastic outcome for business events in NSW and is what the whole industry has been working so hard towards. This change is a major milestone in building business confidence to commit to restarting business events again.”

Ms. Lewis-Smith applauded the NSW government and in particular tourism minister Stuart Ayres’ work to achieve this outcome.

“In their drive to kickstart the state’s economy, minister Ayres and his team have worked incredibly hard to get to this point where we can now get thousands of people back into work facilitating business meetings, networking, knowledge exchange and deal-making,” she said.

“This year has been one of the most challenging for our industry to date. I’m thrilled to see this huge step being taken as we look forward to once again welcoming business visitors back to Sydney and NSW in the months ahead, to connect people, ideas and knowledge, and drive economic, social and educational benefit.

“We look forward to moving forward with confidence and building on the pipeline of events that we have already secured for our city and state, supported by our recently launched campaign, It’s got to be Sydney.”

This year BESydney has rescheduled 70 per cent of meetings from 2020 into future years, and has 85 meetings and incentives confirmed for Sydney from 2021 to 2026 as of December 2, 2020.