LARAC has confirmed that the 2020 UK LARAC conference will not take place as a live event due to the Covid-19 situation. The 2020 LARAC Conference was due to take place in Birmingham on 14 and 15 October and bookings would have normally opened in June. The event is seen as the premier local authority waste conference of the year and features the LARAC Awards.
In conjunction with EMG, the conference organisers, LARAC took the tough decision to cancel the live event for this year in the face of ongoing safety concerns related to Covid 19. Whilst lockdown measures appear to be easing the chance of large gatherings happening in October was considered small.
Carole Taylor, LARAC Chair, said “This has been a really tough decision to take as we know how much people look forward to and value the annual UK LARAC Conference. But we had to think first and foremost of the safety of delegates, sponsors and all involved with the event. We felt that the adjustments needed for social distancing would have meant the event would not have had the unique feel that contributes to making it such a great two days. Making this decision now gives everyone clarity and allows us the time to look at holding a virtual LARAC Conference instead.”
The LARAC Conference has been held for 29 years and this was due to be the second year at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole after a very successful event there last year. LARAC has confirmed that the event will stay at the venue, to be held on 6 and 7 October 2021 and 5 and 6 October 2022.
With the 2020 programme already planned LARAC and EMG are now looking at the feasibility of delivering it through a virtual event, that may contain a virtual awards ceremony as well. Further details on this will be released when they are available but is targeted for 14 and 15 October, the dates LARAC 2020 was due to run.