Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) is set to reopen, following approval from the Gold Coast Public Health Unit to operate under its COVID Safe Plan.
Developed in consultation with the GCCEC COVID Safe Task Force, industry bodies, government and health authorities, the plan covers all essential areas of operation including cleaning and hygiene, social distancing, food and beverage service, training and record keeping.
The centre has also designed new floor plans that allow for the venue to host up to 4,500 visitors per day based on the 1 person per 4 square metres rule.
The arena that would normally hold up to 6,000 now has a COVID-safe capacity of between 1,500 and 3,000 people.
GCCEC general manager Adrienne Readings said the team is looking forward to welcoming business back to the centre.
“We are confident in our plan and the processes that we have implemented to ensure the safety of all visitors to GCCEC,” she said.
“We’re in a unique position on the Gold Coast to be able to accommodate larger events such as graduations, conferences, meetings and dinners adhering to current distancing regulations.”
While doors have been closed to events during the COVID-19 pandemic, the GCCEC team has been busy securing business for the future.
Earlier this month, the centre secured the bid to host the International Society for Eye Research (ISER) Biennial Meeting in 2022, expected to attract 1,200 delegates to the city including 500 international arrivals.