Business events will soon see how and if they can go ahead as pilot programmes get the go-ahead to resume.
It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson further eased restrictions, while doubling fines to a maximum of £3,200 for those who repeatedly flout face covering rules.
The announcement allows a number of remaining aspects of England’s culture, sport, leisure and business sectors will be permitted to reopen from this weekend.
Two weeks ago the ONS had expressed concerns about a slight increase in the number of people in England testing positive. The situation now appears to have levelled off.
The plan set out in the ‘roadmap to recovery’ which was paused for two weeks will resume from Saturday 15 August in England – except for specific areas where local restrictions are in place.
It means a number of pilots will now take place at event venues across the country to help plan how best to restart indoor business events and implement social distancing practices.
Business events and conferences will be permitted to resume from October 1 provided rates of infection remain at current levels.
More detail on the new enforcement measures will be set out in the coming week.
In making the announcement, the PM said: “Most people in this country are following the rules and doing their bit to control the virus, but we must remain focused and we cannot be complacent. That is why we are strengthening the enforcement powers available to use against those who repeatedly flout the rules.
“At every stage I have said our plan to reopen society and the economy is conditional and that it relies on continued progress against the virus.”
He added: “Today, we are able to announce some further changes which will allow more people to return to work and the public to get back to more of the things they have missed. However, as I have always said, we will not hesitate to put on the brakes if required, or to continue to implement local measures to help to control the spread of the virus.”
In the mobility industry, Naidex will be keeping one eye on how this develops.
Just last month the organiser said they were working hard to ensure the show could be safely delivered.
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