ExCeL London has confirmed that it will be permitted to restart business events and conferences from 1st October 2020, with CEO Jeremy Rees welcoming the decision: “We are delighted that the government has confirmed the timetable for when business events and conferences can resume. Having played a full role in supporting the NHS, providing all of our facilities for the Nightingale Hospital, we are now looking forward to playing an equally active role in the nation’s economic recovery. The vast majority of the venue (90%) has been restored to its original state, with the remaining space secured as equipment storage for NHS Nightingale. This ongoing support will not impact the normal operation of our venue and we look forward to hosting safe, secure, and successful business events and conferences from 1st October onwards.”

We can therefore confirm EAG is scheduled to take place 12th-14th January, as originally planned. As a show owned by its industry through Trade Association bacta, EAG International is in a unique position. The welfare and safety of all participants will be paramount, with us liaising closely with ExCeL to deliver an event that follows the strictest safety standards.

EAG Chairman Martin Burlin revealed, “ExCeL has been working with the Association of Event Venues and other stakeholders to develop the All Secure Standard, an industry wide benchmark to ensure the safe return of organised events. ExCeL has also developed its own set of safety principles to help guide customers through the event planning process, including new social distancing measures, cleaning regimes, F&B protocols and training.

“EAG International always delivers a strong start to the New Year and we see the 2021 show as playing a vital role in helping our industry back on its feet after a very difficult and challenging time. We’ll be supporting and advising exhibitors and other participants to ensure that they enjoy a safe and successful event,” assured Martin.

We will continue to review the situation and status of EAG in light of all Govt guidance.