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Your Guide to Reopening Events by States and Countries

By Veronique Colombani Julius Solaris

Events are trying to reopen among the resurgence of virus cases, especially in North America. Planners around the world are dealing with a systematic mess of different approaches, sizes, and restrictions. Here is a summary of how the top countries impacted by coronavirus are reopening events.

As countries start to reopen their economy, the events industry seems to have drawn the short straw. Business events such as conferences and trade shows are very often bundled up with mass gatherings, which have been proved to facilitate Covid-19 infections.

Therefore, events are usually part of the final phase of reopening, and for some countries, that means waiting for a vaccine or a cure. There is also a general lack of clarity in many areas regarding which types of events will reopen and when.

With trade associations mostly missing in action when it comes to delivering clear local guidelines and pressuring governments to give planners a plan for going back to work, we decided to give some clarity.

This confusion is costing jobs and causing companies to shut down.

Here is a recap of the plans the countries most impacted by Covid-19 have to restart events.

Please note: As countries update their policies constantly, check back for more updates. Help us make this guide better by submitting inaccuracies to contact@eventmanagerblog.com

 

USA

CALIFORNIA

CONNECTICUT

FLORIDA

GEORGIA

LOUISIANA

MASSACHUSETTS

MICHIGAN

NEVADA

NEW JERSEY

NEW YORK

OHIO

PENNSYLVANIA

TEXAS

UTAH

VIRGINIA

EMEA

AUSTRIA

BELGIUM

FRANCE

GERMANY

GREECE

IRELAND

ITALY

NETHERLANDS

NORWAY

SPAIN

SWEDEN

SWITZERLAND

QATAR

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

ASIA-PACIFIC

AUSTRALIA

CHINA

JAPAN

NEW ZEALAND

THAILAND

 

USA  Flag: United States on Apple iOS 13.3

CALIFORNIA

No announcement yet - mass gatherings belong to stage 4 of the resilience roadmap

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CONNECTICUT

Event types:  Outdoor events

Attendees: Under 50

Timing:  Reopening in June 2020

Notes: Before they can reopen, businesses must self-certify that they are compliant with the reopening rules for their sector. Rules include detailed information and requirements about physical distancing, facility capacity, hygiene, sanitizing, signage, personal protective equipment (PPE), scheduling, etc. and can be found here.

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FLORIDA

Event types: Not specified, taking place in large venues

Attendees: Under 50

Timing: Reopening in June 2020

Notes: Rules for phase 2 can be found here (excluding Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, which are still in phase 1).

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GEORGIA

Event types: Indoor events using banquet facilities, private event facilities, and private reception venues

Attendees: Under 25 people if 6 feet of social distance can't be maintained

Timing: Reopening in June 2020

Notes: Venues must meet 39 mandatory measures (in the same category as restaurants).

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LOUISIANA

Event types: Any type held in reception halls and event centers, aside from live entertainment unless it’s outdoor

Attendees: Under 10 if social-distancing rules can’t be followed

Timing: Reopening in June 2020

Notes: Venues should operate at 50% occupancy maximum, face masks required for employees in contact with the public, social distancing rules apply for all businesses.

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MASSACHUSETTS

Large venues won’t reopen until phase 4 (new normal)

Notes: Phase 2 started June 8th 2020

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MICHIGAN

Event types: Indoor and outdoor organized events

Attendees: Under 50 people indoors and under 250 people outdoors

Timing: Reopening in June 2020 for Upper Peninsula and Traverse City Region - Reopening in July 2020 for the other regions

Notes: Social distancing of 6 feet must be maintained.

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NEVADA

Event types: Public and private gatherings 

Attendees: Under 50

Timing: Reopening in May 2020

Notes: Social distancing and mask wearing encouraged in public

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NEW JERSEY

Event types: Indoor and outdoor gatherings

Attendees: Under 50 people for indoor gatherings, under 100 for outdoor

Timing: Reopening in June 2020

Notes: Limits could increase to 250 people for outdoor gatherings on June 22, and 500 on July 3rd.

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NEW YORK

Governor Cuomo has banned "all nonessential gatherings of individuals of size for any reason.", although outdoor graduations of up to 150 people, practicing social distancing, will be allowed beginning June 26th.

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OHIO

Event types: Events in restaurants and banquet halls

Attendees: Under 300

Timing: Reopening in June 2020

Notes: Social distance of 6 feet, ban on congregating among other rules listed here.

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PENNSYLVANIA

Event types: Any type of social gatherings

Attendees: Under 250

Timing: Reopening in June 2020

Notes: Masks required. Safety measures that businesses with in-person operations must follow can be found here.

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TEXAS

Event types: Outdoor events

Attendees: No limitations.

Timing: Reopening in June 2020

Notes: Rules can be found here.

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UTAH

Event types: Indoor and outdoor

Attendees: 3,000 people indoor and 6,000 outdoor

Timing: June 2020

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VIRGINIA

Event types: Private events (not open to the general public)

Attendees: Under 50 people or 50% occupancy of the event space, whichever is less

Timing: Reopening in June 2020

Notes: Guidelines and best practices can be found here.

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EMEA

AUSTRIA  Flag: Austria on Apple iOS 13.3

Event types: Indoor and outdoor gatherings, trade shows and congresses with an approved risk prevention strategy.

Attendees: Up to 100 people until July 1, 2020, after which point the upper limit will be raised to 250 people.

Timing: Reopened in May 2020

Notes: Social distancing one meter, masks compulsory in public, no major events will be held until the end of June. From August 1, 2020, indoor events with up to 500 people will be possible, and up to 1,000 people with an approved special prevention concept. For outdoor events, up to 750 visitors will be permitted from August 1, 2020 (up to 1,250 persons with a special prevention concept).

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BELGIUM  Flag: Belgium on Apple iOS 13.3

Event types: Social gatherings in reception rooms

Attendees: Under 50

Timing: Reopening in July 2020

Notes: Current measures can be found here. On July 1st, the government is expected to release an ERM (Event Risk Model) indicating the feasibility of local and national events, and attendee limits may go up to 200 participants, with more limited capacity during ceremonies (like weddings) of 50 participants. Local (mid/large) events are not expected to happen before September.

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FRANCE  Flag: France on Apple iOS 13.3

Event types: Big sporting and cultural events, like festivals, and professional salons

Attendees: Up to 10 at the moment, and likely up to 5,000 as of June 22. Events over 5,000 people may reopen in September

Timing: Reopened June 14th, 2020

Notes: President Macron has recommended avoiding "gatherings" but has not directly mentioned professional events.

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GERMANY  Flag: Germany on Apple iOS 13.3

Event types: Trade shows, exhibitions

Attendees: Under 150 for indoor events, 500 for outdoor events

Timing: Reopening in June 2020 (each state determines the timing)

Notes: Hygiene and safety protocols will have to be followed (yet to be published).

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GREECE  Flag: Greece on Apple iOS 13.3

Event types: Concerts, congresses, exhibitions

Attendees: No limitations

Timing: Reopening in July 2020

Notes: Obligation to follow health and safety protocols (no details yet).

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IRELAND  Flag: Ireland on Apple iOS 13.3

Event types: Festivals, events and other social mass gatherings

Attendees: Not specified

Timing: Reopening in August 2020

Notes: Social distancing rules maintained (2 meters between people).

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ITALY  Flag: Italy on Apple iOS 13.3

Event types: Conferences, congresses, major trade fairs, company conventions

Attendees: No limitation

Timing: Reopening in July 15, 2020 - While Italy has issued a general reopening date, individual regions have been allowed to pursue their own timing. Check individual regions here.

Notes: People must keep a safe distance of one meter apart, and masks indoors (except speakers and moderators).

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NETHERLANDS  Flag: Netherlands on Apple iOS 13.3

Event types: Group activities

Attendees: Under 100

Timing: Reopening in July 2020

Notes: Social distancing rules of 1.5 meters, no mass gathering until September.

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NORWAY   Flag: Norway on Apple iOS 13.3

Event types: Public events

Attendees: Up to 200 participants

Timing: Reopened June 2020

Notes: Everyone present must be able to keep at least 1-meter distance from others who are not part of the same household, the Directorate of Health writes in a press release. Previously, only a maximum of 50 participants were allowed to attend public events.

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SPAIN  Flag: Spain on Apple iOS 13.3

Event types: Business meetings and conferences

Attendees: Under 50

Timing: Reopened June 22nd, 2020

Notes: Social distancing rules apply (2 meters).

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SWEDEN  Flag: Sweden on Apple iOS 13.3

Event types: Public and private events

Attendees: Under 50

Timing: Never stopped

Notes: Social distancing rules apply (no specifics as to the distance).

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SWITZERLAND  Flag: Switzerland on Apple iOS 13.3

Event types: Public and private events

Attendees: Under 300 per physical group, and under 1000 per event

Timing: Reopening in June 2020 (August for large-scale events)

Notes: Venues and events must have appropriate sets of precautionary measures in place, including hygiene, social distancing, and/or contact tracing. Decision on June 24th whether to allow events with up to 1,000 people.

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QATAR  Flag: Qatar on Apple iOS 13.3

Event types: Trade shows, exhibitions, conferences

Attendees: No limitations

Timing: Reopening in September 2020

Notes: Obligation to follow precautionary measures found here. 

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES  Flag: United Arab Emirates on Apple iOS 13.3

Gatherings have been banned

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Asia-Pacific

AUSTRALIA  Flag: Australia on Apple iOS 13.3

Event Types: Indoor and Outdoor

Attendees: no limit - four sqm distance minimum

Timing: July 1st

Notes: The 100-person limit on non-essential indoor gatherings will be replaced with a one-person per four square meters rule from 1st July and outdoor venues with up to 40,000 spectator capacity will be able to reopen at no more than 25 per cent capacity for ticketed and seated events.

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CHINA  Flag: China on Apple iOS 13.3

Event types: Conferences, exhibitions

Attendees: No limitation

Timing: Reopened in May 2020

Notes: With strict prevention measures in place, such as face masks, good ventilation, disinfection, etc.

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JAPAN   Flag: Japan on Apple iOS 13.3

Event types: Events held in hotels and inns or rented meeting spaces

Attendees: Under 1,000

Timing: Reopening in June 2020 (Tokyo)

Notes: Social distancing encouraged.

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NEW ZEALAND  Flag: New Zealand on Apple iOS 13.3

Event Types: all

Attendees: No limitations

Timing: June 2020

Notes: New Zealand is Covid-19 free

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THAILAND  Flag: Thailand on Apple iOS 13.3

Event types: Exhibitions, conventions

Attendees: No information

Timing: Reopening in June 2020

Notes: Venues limited to 20,000 square meters for activity space.

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IN CONCLUSION

A lot of uncertainty remains for the events industry, even for areas where gatherings are allowed again. Some governments will probably not hesitate to enforce another lockdown if Covid-19 infections spike again and large events will be among the first to be canceled.

Cautious optimism should nevertheless be cultivated as a lot of progress is being made in the search for a vaccine. Johnson and Johnson, for example, just announced that they would start a clinical trial for their Covid-19 vaccine in July. Accurate testing for the infection is also a field of interest as evidenced by a new laser technology developed in the UAE.

Hopefully, the summer months will provide answers regarding countries’ success in stopping the spread of the virus, thus giving event professionals a clearer view of when they can start planning live events again.

about the author

Veronique Colombani
Veronique Colombani is a Virginia-based writer.
In a former life, she was the Communications and Marketing Manager for a French IT company and planned her fair share of corporate events.
She now enjoys a quieter life, writing about the events industry.
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Julius Solaris
Julius Solaris is the editor of EventManagerBlog.com, he is an international speaker, author and consultant.
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