Covid-19 Update For the Venues & Events Expo SE

Update: 18 March 2020

The Venues & Events Expo Southeast official statement

“Protecting the health and welfare of our exhibitors, visitors and employees is our top priority so we are closely monitoring developments regarding Coronavirus COVID-19 and taking advice from Public Health England as well as the World Health Organisation (WHO)."

"As The Venues & Events Expo Southeast is taking place on the 14th May, we are working towards delivering another successful exhibition for event, meeting and incentive professionals. We will be continually updating this webpage to ensure our exhibitors and visitors are informed as the situation develops.”

Current status
The UK's Chief Medical Officers have stated that the risk to individuals in the UK from COVID‐19 is moderate and as a UK‐based event, the risk is also moderate. However, we understand the situation is changing on a daily basis, so will commit to do the following:

Before The Venues & Events Expo, we will continue to:

  • Be in close contact with the venue, The Hampshire Court Hotel, to keep up to date on developments and advice from authorities.

  • Raise awareness of latest WHO and NHS advice with regards to the COVID-19 with our stakeholders.

  • Communicate the latest news with exhibitors via the email.

  • Stay in contact with registrants to update them on any developments.

  • Provide links to the latest information from the authorities.

At the event:

  • We will continue to work closely with the venue to monitor the onsite situation.

  • We will provide hand sanitisers and signage at the event in areas that visitors and exhibitors congregate e.g. registration, info points, lounges, theatres and washrooms.

  • We will install signs in all public toilets to alert visitors and exhibitors to the importance of hand washing and basic hygiene to arrest the spread of germs in line with WHO recommendations.

  • The onsite medical team have been made aware of the signs and symptoms of the virus and what actions to take if they suspect anyone of having have the virus.

For the most up to date information on the COVID-19, please visit:

  • World Health Organisation advice to the public here. 

  • UK Government guidelines here.

  • NHS guidelines here.

  • Public Health England advice here.

Current advice from UK officials and the World Health Organisation (WHO)

Returning travellers:

Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people if you’ve travelled to the UK from the following places, even if you do not have symptoms:

  • anywhere in Italy on or after 9 March

  • specific areas in northern Italy in the last 14 days

  • Iran in the last 14 days

  • Hubei province in China in the last 14 days

  • Daegu, Cheongdo or Gyeongsan in South Korea in the last 14 days

Use the 111 online COVID-19 service to find out what to do next.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

In Scotland call your GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours.

In Wales call 111 (if available in your area) or 0845 46 47.

In Northern Ireland call 111.


The below advice is being given to avoid germs spreading:


  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

  • put used tissues in the bin straight away

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell


  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

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