CAEM Update- BC Reopens Trade Shows Effective July 1



  • BC announces Step 3 of their Restart Plan will begin July 1 and as a result indoor gatherings and trade shows can resume.  Indoor organized gatherings will have a capacity limit of 50 people or 50% capacity whichever is greater.  Outdoor organized gatherings will have a capacity limit of 5000 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater.  Fairs, festivals and trade shows can return to normal with a Communicable Disease Plan.
  • Elements of the Communicable Disease Plan include: implement policies to support staff who have symptoms of a communicable disease so they can avoid being in the workplace when sick; provide hand-hygiene facilities;  maintain a clean environment through routine cleaning processes; ensure building ventilation is adequate; and monitor the guidance, notices, orders, and recommendations from Public Health and update your plan accordingly.  The guidance from WorkSafe BC on Communicable Diseases Plans is available here.
  • CAEM was pleased to participate in the first meeting of the Large Gatherings Working Group which took place shortly after the re-opening announcement was made on June 29th.   This group includes multiple stakeholders from the event industry as well as representatives from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport and the Provincial Health Office.  An overview of the sector reopening plans was provided and the group was told to expect specific guidance for reopening to come in the next few days in the form of provincial orders. CAEM will be watching for these orders, as well as any updated information regarding Communicable Disease Plans, and will provide updates accordingly.
  • Clearly this is fantastic news for our industry and a huge step forward in BC.  Once again the fact that trade shows are specifically mentioned in the re-opening plan is a testament to the advocacy work that CAEM has undertaken over the course of the last 15 months.  We are on government's radar and we intend to stay there.


  • The Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism & Culture Industry held a meeting on June 29th with the Meeting & Event Spaces Working Group (Co-Chaired by CAEM President Bianca Kennedy).   The Working Group made it clear to the Ministry it is crucial to our industry to have the details on capacities and guidance in Step 3, and beyond, as soon as they are available.  The Ministry  acknowledged this and agreed to bring this request forward to the health table as well as the Working Group's recommendations.
  • The issue of show managers and show suppliers not being eligible to receive the Ontario Small Business Support Grant or the Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant, was brought forward once again.  The Ministry acknowledged receipt of our documentation in this regard and will be following up.
  • Crestview Strategy continues to assist CAEM in our advocacy efforts with the Ontario government and inroads are being made.  The announcement in BC gives us yet another opportunity to increase the pressure we have been exerting on key Ministries using the provincial re-openings of trade shows in BC, Alberta and Quebec as examples.

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