Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Information and Resources The EEAA is collaborating with key industry stakeholders and government to secure advice, assistance and a restart date for the exhibition and business events industry.GOVERNMENT ROADMAP TO A COVID-19 SAFE AUSTRALIA – 8 MAYThe Federal Government has announced its approach to the phased lifting of COVID-19 restrictions. Please view the documents located in the DOCUMENT DOWNLOADS section to the right of the screen: The Federal Government RoadMap and Framework for operating in a COVID-19 safe Australia. The EEAA and Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) are continuing their lobbying work with Governments to ensure the exhibitions and business events industry will be able to restart operations in the Government approved COVID-19 operating environment as soon as possible. STATES AND TERRITORIES COVIDSAFE RESTRICTIONSUnder Step 3 of the Framework for a COVID-safe Australia, states and territories can allow small premises to apply a one-person, per two square-metre rule with a COVID-safe plan in place.Find out what applies in each state and territory:New South WalesThe NSW Government has moved the limit on indoor gatherings to the one-person, per four square metre rule. Events are required to be ticketed and seated. A further announcement around restrictions is expected to be made shortly. More information is available here.QueenslandQueensland will move to stage three of lifting restrictions on 10 July. Discussions are continuing on outdoor events. More information is available here.South Australia SA implemented the one-person, per two square-metre rule for indoor gatherings, restaurants, bars and cafes on Monday 29 June. Large events and the reopening of nightclubs are also due for consideration under Stage 3. More information is available here.Western AustraliaWA’s roadmap has been updated to complete the removal of all restrictions from July 18, meaning events can restart in WA . More information is available here.VictoriaThe Victorian Government has revised its plan due to the new outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Melbourne. More information is available here.Australian Capital TerritoryThe ACT has moved to a maximum of 100 people at indoor and outdoor gatherings along with adherence to the one-person, per four square-metre rule. Further consideration around larger gatherings is expected to commence in July. More information is available here.Northern TerritoryThe Northern Territory has a record to date of zero community transmissions and closed borders. Darwin Supercars event, taking place in August, will be the first major event to be held in the NT since the COVID-19 lockdown. More information is available here.TasmaniaA staged approach of lifting of restrictions is in place for Tasmania. More information is available here.COVID-19 RESTRICTION CHECKERAs COVID-19 restrictions and borders change across Australia’s states and territories, the Government has released the COVID-19 Restriction Checker which provides advice on social distancing measures and travel arrangements in each state and territory.DOWNLOAD THE #COVIDSAFE APPThe EEAA encourages all Australians to download and use the #COVIDSafe app. The more widely this app is used, the more quickly Federal, State and Territory Governments will be able to ease restrictions and commence recovery. Download the App here. EEAA Updates to Members3 August 202023 July 202020 July 20209 July 20202 July 202018 June 2020Federal AdvocacyThe Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) is working closely with Government, including through Minister Simon Birmingham and his office, and the Treasury Coronavirus Business Liaison Unit to design and implement a support package for the Australian exhibition and events sector. On behalf our industry, BECA has conducted an urgent survey of the Australian exhibition and events sector to ascertain the impact that COVID-19 has had on our industry. These facts will be used to inform Government as to what we need to assist in our recovery program.See their latest updates and media releases:22 July: JobKeeper Extension a Critical Lifeline but More Targeted Support Needed to Save Business Events19 June: Business Events Recovery and Rebound Framework Calls for Jobkeeper Extension 16 June: ZERO! It’s Official18 May: BECA Update 13 May: BECA Delivers COVIDSafe Guidelines to Government 24 April: $35.7 billion Wiped from the Economy 15 April: BECA Update31 March: Tourism industry’s largest employers need urgent support30 March: BECA Update22 March: $2.5b lost per month in business events shutdownFinancial assistanceThe Federal Government confirmed the JobKeeper scheme will be extended beyond September for six months, in an adjusted format.Businesses currently on the JobKeeper scheme receive $1,500 a fortnight per staff member to keep them employed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Post 27 September, JobKeeper will become a two-tiered system, with a higher and lower level payment based on hours worked.For further information is available here.The Federal Government mandated a Code of Conduct around commercial lease agreements that applies to all tenancies that are suffering financial stress or hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic as defined by their eligibility for the Commonwealth Government’s JobKeeper programme, with an annual turnover of up to $50 million. See further information.BECA have also collated the Federal, State and Territory Government COVID-19 measures which may assist you during the coronavirus pandemic. See further information.Mental Health SupportBeyond Blue’s Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service is designed to help people deal with the impact of the pandemic on their mental health and wellbeing.The free service is available around the clock, delivering clear, evidence-based information, advice and support specifically tailored to the mental health and wellbeing challenges raised by the pandemicCall the Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Service on 1800 512 348 for 24/7 support from mental health professionals.For practical information, tools and support options to help support your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic, visit coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au.Helpful LinksWellbeingTips for getting a good night’s sleep10 ways to take care of yourself during coronavirusHow mindfulness can help The importance of eating well during the coronavirus pandemicManaging your mental health – the importance of looking after your physical health Community kindness during the coronavirus pandemicNext stagesAfter COVID-19, what will ‘normal’ life be like?Strategies for transitioning back into the workplace after coronavirusHow managers can lead the way to healthy work environmentsHow to help your employees with back-to-work anxietyBack to work: how to manage reopening your businessOTHER Government InformationAustralian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) statement on the safe return of crowds to stadiums, arenas and large theatresTourism Australia’s Business Events Boost ProgramCOVID-19 updates from the Australian Department of HealthLimits on public gatheringsInformation on social distancingLatest updates from the Australian Health Protection Principal CommitteeLatest updates from the New Zealand Ministry of HealthIndustry Information AND RESOURCESBECA Coronavirus Information pageThe Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has launched a COVID-19 dedicated website , featuring a series of guides that can be viewed and downloadedUFI – the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry has collated relevant updates and adviceUFI Connects – online talks, sessions and panels to keep the industry connected during this timeCrisis Recovery Guide for the exhibition industry from MBB ConsultingSee latest updates from EEAA MembersIf you would like to receive updates from the EEAA please subscribe to our newsletter or contact [email protected].