MCEC unveils its ‘VenueSafe Plan’

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has launched its VenueSafe Plan, ensuring the venue will be ready when it is safe to reopen.

MCEC’s VenueSafe Plan includes a range of public health, hygiene and physical distancing practices.

When it is safe to reopen, MCEC will only be accessible for events and to visitors in attendance, meaning it will no longer be used as a public thoroughfare to the surrounding precinct.

Entry screening points will be located at all MCEC entry and exit points, which will include hand sanitising and temperature checks prior to entry.

Sanitisation stations containing at least 60 per cent alcohol have been distributed across MCEC at key entry points, customer service desks and other high-traffic areas.

Frequency of routine cleaning has increased across the venue and the sanitisation of high-frequency touchpoint areas is a priority.

The venue’s safety and security team have been established as dedicated ‘VenueSafe Advisors’ within the business to work alongside employees, customers and contractors to ensure that MCEC and Victorian government health measures are followed.

All employees will be trained on COVID-19 safety and sanitisation protocols, and a detailed MCEC VenueSafe Plan has been developed and is available to download here.


MCEC isn’t set to reopen until midnight on 31 August 2020 at the earliest, after recently extending its closure due to Victoria’s worsening coronavirus situation.

Peter King, chief executive of MCEC, said: “We’ve been working hard to ensure we have the right health measures in place to give our customers, visitors and people the confidence they need when our doors reopen.

“It’s safe to say that things may look a little different. However, we’re confident that with new measures in place as part of our VenueSafe Plan, customers can continue to enjoy Melbourne’s leading destination for big ideas and inspirational events, when it is safe to return to our venue.”