In these unprecedented times, it is fair to say that it will not be business as usual in the foreseeable future. The resumption of activity in Toronto is not as simple as reversing the order of prohibitions put in place by the government.

Effective resumption relative to our line of work involves creating an event venue that serves as a safe event space to host a Business or Public Event. This will require resources, procedures, and best practices that will ensure public health, instill confidence, and allow members of the public to safely re-engage in business events interactions.


We have prepared a Business Events Safe Reopening document that relates to the recovery of our business and how Exhibition Place is supporting our clients through the safe opening of larger gatherings. This is an ever-evolving document and it is relevant to what today’s protocols would look like if we could hold larger gatherings. Your Sales Account Executive will be reaching out to you directly to provide you with the Safe ReOpening Protocol.



Exhibition Place is work collaboratively with our clients to plan and execute their events within the thresholds established by the Medical Officer of Public Health and levels of Government. As part of this effort, all departments across Exhibition Place have been tasked with developing recommendations and best practices that will enable our clients to operate within our venues during the recovery phase of the Pandemic.

Exhibition Place has embraced Four Pillars of Protection for the recovery of Live Business and Public Events. The way in which we will look at these protection pillars is to establish best practices that are consistent with live events (i.e. - arriving at the site, entrance into the venue, registration, washroom use and so on); we will then delve into the nuances of each event stream by type, and provide guidance accordingly

Physical Distancing & Attendee Health Protection Measures
Cleaning & Hygiene
Protect, Detect & Staff Training
Communication | Sales & Marketing



Exhibition Place will embark on a 3rd-party independent certification process through the Global Biorisk Advisory Council to achieve a GBAC Star Facility Certification. The GBAC STAR Program will enable the venue to:

a) Establish and maintain a standardized cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention program to control and/or minimize the risk associated with infectious agents such as SARS-CoV-2 (responsible for COVID-19 disease) for employees, customers, clients, visitors, the community, and the environment

b) Provide assurance and establish confidence that proper cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention work practices are in place and implemented

c) Establish a framework for communication and raising awareness of best practices as they relate to cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention.



As the recommendations of this pandemic changes/or progresses, this document will evolve to take on the new recommendations outlined by Public Health and the City of Toronto. We will continue to evolve and pivot as we move through the post-pandemic and into the new future.



Conversation with Laura Purdy the General Manager, Exhibition place during the one-day event Re-Think 2020 about COVID19, Exhibition Place reopening, event guidelines, and next steps