Trade Show going ahead despite restrictions, what can I do?

I run a very small business and booked a trade show for July 2020 which got moved to 2021. I thought it wouldn't go ahead as it starts on July 18th (before the next proposed lifting of restrictions) but they've just announced that it will be. They say they have the backing of local authorities and have safety measures in place etc but I think it's very irresponsible and unfair for those, like me, who will not have received their second jab by then. It's their responsibility to get as many buyers through the door as possible but that goes against government advice for keeping numbers low and I don't see how social distancing will be kept.

The organisers have already proved that they don't really care, are just interested in money, and are hiding behind small print in contracts. It seems like my only option now is to pay the complete stand price and just not go if I don't feel safe but losing £5k with no return will be a huge hit. Does anyone have any advice on what I can do or people I could contact?
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  • sherambersheramber Forumite
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    Since they have to adhere to covid measures it will actually be safer than after these are removed. 

    The virus is not going away any time soon.

    When Boris says lockdown os over it will still be out there.  
  • daveyjpdaveyjp Forumite
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    The event may be going ahead, whether people will turn up is a different matter.
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    ThisnotThatThisnotThat Forumite
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    mrkat said:
    I run a very small business and booked a trade show for July 2020 which got moved to 2021. I thought it wouldn't go ahead as it starts on July 18th (before the next proposed lifting of restrictions) but they've just announced that it will be. They say they have the backing of local authorities and have safety measures in place etc but I think it's very irresponsible and unfair for those, like me, who will not have received their second jab by then. It's their responsibility to get as many buyers through the door as possible but that goes against government advice for keeping numbers low and I don't see how social distancing will be kept.

    The organisers have already proved that they don't really care, are just interested in money, and are hiding behind small print in contracts. It seems like my only option now is to pay the complete stand price and just not go if I don't feel safe but losing £5k with no return will be a huge hit. Does anyone have any advice on what I can do or people I could contact?
    If you won't have received your second vaccination by then that means you are at an extremely low risk even unvaccinated.
  • Barny1979Barny1979 Forumite
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    As above, you were not considered as CEV and you are in a younger age bracket too.
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    mrkat said:
    I run a very small business and booked a trade show for July 2020 which got moved to 2021. I thought it wouldn't go ahead as it starts on July 18th (before the next proposed lifting of restrictions) but they've just announced that it will be. They say they have the backing of local authorities and have safety measures in place etc but I think it's very irresponsible and unfair for those, like me, who will not have received their second jab by then. It's their responsibility to get as many buyers through the door as possible but that goes against government advice for keeping numbers low and I don't see how social distancing will be kept.

    The organisers have already proved that they don't really care, are just interested in money, and are hiding behind small print in contracts. It seems like my only option now is to pay the complete stand price and just not go if I don't feel safe but losing £5k with no return will be a huge hit. Does anyone have any advice on what I can do or people I could contact?
    The event will have needed a Safety Advisory Group organised by the Local Authority, with Health, Emergency Services, Trading and Environmental Health etc who will approved the Plan that the organiser would have brought to the meeting which they need to apply for, events are restricted to a specific number of visitors.
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  • TBagpussTBagpuss Forumite
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    Can you speak to the organiser to clarify what the safety measures will be, , which may enable you to feel a little more comfortable - and then plan to enhance these with your own (masking, extra sanitiser, any signage to ensure distancing around your stall etc)

    It sounds as though they have taken appropriate steps in line with the current guidance and local authorities, so I don't think that the fact that *their* assessment of risk is different to yours means that they are cynical or uncaring, although I understand that you are worried about your own safety. 

    Is the show normally an annual thing? If so, you could enquire as to whether they would be willing to allow you to move your booking to next year, although they are not obliged to do so 

    As a previous poster has said, depending on your age you may also be able to look to bring forward your second jab, if you are over 40 or considered vulnerable.  

    All posts are my personal opinion, not formal advice Always get proper, professional advice (particularly about anything legal!)
  • mrkatmrkat Forumite
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    Thanks for all the replies and for putting things into perspective. I understand that things need to start going back to normal but I am still hesitant about going to an event with thousands of people. A lot of my friends/family were affected by covid and I have friends in their thirties (+ kids) who are still being affected by long covid so I've been extra careful since last March. Now it just feels like I'm being forced to go to a mass event or lose £5k. As one comment mentioned above, yes I would like that 5k back because I know others will also be being careful like me. It's not an excuse to be concerned both about safety issues and the event not being as advertised. As I said - it's the organisers responsibility to get as many people through the door as possible which is what we're paying for but won't be getting. From what I understand, the current restrictions allow 1000 visitors per event or half capacity.

    They already showed last year that they don't care for their exhibitors by saying that the show was 'postponed' to the following year, even though it's an annual event. This was to avoid using the term 'cancelled' as this would have meant issuing refunds. I had 4 trade shows booked and this is the only one I didn't get a refund for. I have little trust that they are doing anything now that isn't purely for their benefit.


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