Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre announces reopening under new roadmap

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Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) will reopen on Friday 5 November, including up to 5000 attendees in some spaces.

Under the updated Phase C of the Victorian Government roadmap, fixed-seated indoor events can soon proceed at 75 percent capacity to a maximum of 1000 attendees, while standing and non-fixed-seated indoor events are limited by a one person per four-square metre density requirement, to a maximum of 5000 people.

Outdoor events can proceed with up to 5000 attendees and a density of one person every two square metres.

All attendees must be fully vaccinated.

MCEC chief executive Peter King is excited to see the venue welcome customers and visitors from Melbourne and further afield. “MCEC is recognised as an important contributor to the State of Victoria and we are proud to have robust COVID-safe practices in place ensuring we’re ready and able to host events of all sizes safely.”

Once Victoria hits 90 percent double dose vaccination, currently expected to be 25 November, events may proceed with no attendee caps or density limits for fully vaccinated guests.

Along with its reopening announcement, MCEC announced a handful of events that will return starting in November, such as THE LUME Melbourne digital art gallery, Jurassic World by Brickman LEGO experience and the Venue Management Association’s Asia-Pacific Industry Congress.

Industry events in Melbourne and the world over closed at the beginning of 2020, as organisers entered a frustrating time of cancellations and postponements.

In May 2022, TFX will co-locate with DesignBUILD for the first time at MCEC. Barring unforeseen circumstances, many other important industry events will return to the Melbourne’s calendar at MCEC, including:

  • Enlit Australia, 16-17 March
  • Fire Australia 2022, 3-5 May, and
  • Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Building Services (ARBS) 2022, 16-18 August.

More on MCEC: In June this year, MCEC teamed up with RMIT students on a circular economy approach to eliminate single use plastics from the centre’s events and cafés by 2025.



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