Australia

MCEC temporarily closes due to coronavirus

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre CEO, Peter King, says the venue has a responsibility to curb further spread of Covid-19.

In a statement released this week (16 March), the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC) announced it will temporarily close its doors in an effort to delay the spread of COVID-19.

The closure, effective immediately, will remain in effect for four weeks, through to 13 April, to align with the Victorian Government’s declared State of Emergency.

The decision follows a recent Government ban on all non-essential and static events of more than 500 people, to help combat further spread of COVID-19. This ban has since been tightened to limit indoor gatherings to 100 people.

In the statement, MCEC chief executive, Peter King, said: “The health and wellbeing of our customers, people and all visitors to MCEC, is our first priority. 

“This has been a very difficult decision to reach and one that we haven’t arrived at lightly. Personally, I am devastated to be making it, as I know it will have an impact on our customers and our people. But as a business that brings people together we have a responsibility to do what we can to help support efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

Event organisers with bookings during the closure period will be directly contacted by a member of MCEC’s sales team.

Further information, download MCEC’s FAQs.