ICC Sydney creates operating framework for safe reopening post-coronavirus

International Convention Centre Sydney has launched its own set of operating principles that will enable the venue to safely reopen and run events, pending further easing of federal and state restrictions.

The comprehensive set of protocols spans 16 key areas of event management, including the customer journey, environmental hygiene, food service, technology and equipment, employees and public awareness, and covers meetings, conferences, exhibitions, live events, and internal operations.

The ICC Sydney EventSafe Operating Framework integrates best practice from parent group ASM Global’s soon-to-be-launched VenueShield – a program of advanced hygienic safeguards, informed by public health authorities, medical and industry experts – which will be deployed across the group’s 325 worldwide facilities.

The framework also operates within the safety protocols of Safe Work Australia’s Codes of Practice.

ICC Sydney chief executive Geoff Donaghy (pictured above) said the framework has been meticulously developed to safeguard clients, visitors, contractors, and team members against the risk of COVID-19 and reinstall confidence in events.

“We’re proud that ICC Sydney’s EventSafe Operating Framework establishes an industry benchmark for the safe running of events,” he said.

“As Australia and the rest of the world starts to return to business as usual, it is critical that we all continue to safeguard against further outbreaks of COVID-19, especially when bringing people together.

“We are confident that ICC Sydney’s EventSafe Operating Framework not only delivers against this challenge by establishing best practice, but will also re-instill confidence in people to start hosting and attending events.

“This is critical for rebooting our industry and the many other businesses and parts of Australia’s economy that will benefit from that success.”