The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is now able to host events at up to 75 per cent of its capacity, with a maximum of 5000 attendees. The venue has an approved COVIDSafe event plan from the Victorian government, and is able to hold both seated and standing events.

The approved measures under the plan include methods to ensure contact tracing; changes to food and beverage service and physical distancing; and the prevention of attendance by those from designated red zones.

Each prospective event organiser can work with MCEC staff to ensure their event complies with the plan, and that they provide any required additional information to the Department of Health and Human Services so that their event is safe.

Peter King, chief executive of the MCEC, said the team is excited to see the gradual return of events to the venue.

“Whilst we have been innovative throughout the pandemic to ensure continued use of the space, we are thrilled to be able to host exhibitions and other events again,” he said.

“At MCEC we are incredibly proud to be acknowledged as a standout venue for COVID-safety, as our customer health and comfort is our top priority.”

To access the MCEC’s VenueSafe Plan, visit: https://mcec.com.au/venuesafe