In The News: UK Covid Vaccination & The Reopening Of The Event Industry

Covid Vaccination

The Covid vaccination program has been rolling out across the UK and event professionals are once again looking to hold ‘in person’ events. Though they may have to deal with covid passports, which will require plenty of Government guidance.

The Governments plans for vaccination have been mostly welcomed and have been successful enough to create a road map. Something that the event industry has been waiting for. Sadly they are still largely ignoring the wedding industry. You can read more about that on Alison Tinlin’s wedding blog.

Here’s three posts that you may of missed showing how London is getting ready, now that the Covid Vaccination program is well underway…

The Langham, London Invites Guests To Stay And Do Good : Hotel Reopens With Pledge To Give Back To Local Communities – HospitalityNet

To mark its reopening on 17th May 2021, The Langham, London debuts a new initiative inviting guests to ‘Stay and Do Good’ by booking one of five new packages: Future, Empowerment, Care, Together and Heal.

The Langham, London has handpicked ten worthwhile charities dedicated to supporting local and national communities each inspired by the namesakes of the packages. Upon guests booking their preferred package, The Langham, London will donate £25 per room, per stay, or £100 per suite, per stay, divided equally between the two charities selected in each.

London’s events industry set to restart in April – Kongres Magazine

The rollout of vaccines across London and the UK are taking place at increasingly rapid rates, with a target for all of the UK adult population to have been offered a vaccine by 31 July 2021, further increasing the likelihood of the above dates of easing restrictions being fulfilled. At present, 24 million people have been vaccinated in the UK.

London seen as ‘safer bet’ thanks to pace of vaccine rollout – Association Meetings International

The pace of the UK’s vaccine rollout is making London a ‘safer bet’ for international meetings and events planners, according to the city’s convention bureau.

And as the vaccine rollout creates a path to safe recovery, London’s meetings and events industry is getting ready to reopen with a host of new hotel openings and venue refurbishments underway.

As mentioned, the event industry may well have to deal with vaccination passports. This month, several blogs have talked about them and wondered if they would be effective in getting the events industry back on it’s feet.

Culture secretary says vaccination certificates could be used to get people back to events – Exhibition News

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has said that the Government is exploring the possible use of vaccination certificates to enable greater numbers of people to attend in events this summer, with what he described as minimal or no social distancing.

Speaking to Sky News, 19 March, minister Dowden said the certificates could form part of the plan to return to pre-Covid normality.

Are Covid Passports the Key to Reopening Events? – Event Manager Blog

The European Union’s proposed digital Covid passport may soon become the norm worldwide. But will this kind of portable vaccination record also be used for access to public spaces and events? The Israeli model suggests yes, but many remain skeptical.

What do you think about the vaccination and the idea of covid passports? Please leave a comment below with your thoughts.