Safety Measures

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→ Please note: In the interest of everyone's safety, the NEC will be undertaking COVID Pass checks when visitors arrive, so please ensure you prepare accordingly. More information on this, and other safety measures, are available here.

Our commitment to keeping you safe

We're doing all we can to ensure you have an enjoyable and safe Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, in the easiest way possible! On this page you can read about the changes we have made to help keep everyone safe. 

This information will be updated to reflect the latest government guidelines so please ensure you check back before making your final preparations for the show for the most up to date information.

Covid Status Checks

We require proof of COVID status upon entry for everyone.

The NEC will be conducting checks as you enter the venue and you will be issued with a wristband, valid for the day, to show your status has been verified.

See the NEC website for full details

Children under the age of 18 do not need to provide any form of COVID-status certification but are encouraged to take a lateral flow test.

In summary this currently includes one of the following:

  • A valid NHS COVID-19 Pass shown via the NHS App or downloaded and saved to your phone’s wallet
  • A lateral flow or PCR negative test result confirmation text or e-mail, received within 48 hours prior to attending the event
  • An EU Digital COVID Certificate. International visitors can show their equivalent COVID Pass from their country of origin.


Covid Pass Assistance

Want help with the app?

The NHS App is simple to set up, however we recommend that you do this well in advance as it can take up to 24 hours to verify your identity.

Watch the guide

Don't have a phone?

If you do not have a smart phone or do not wish to use the app, you can request a letter displaying your NHS COVID Pass.

Find out more

Need to order a lateral flow test?

If you wish to prove your status via a Lateral Flow Test, you can order them online or pick them up at any chemist or test site.

Order a test

For those visitors who cannot provide their COVID-status, the NEC Venue Protect team will offer the option to take a lateral flow test on-site. If the result is negative, you will be able to enter the venue. The lateral flow test costs £12 per person. This charge covers the costs of staffing the testing, the on-site arrangements and the cost of purchasing the test. The NEC does not make a profit from the test charge.

Information for all attendees

Face coverings

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Face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public places. Everyone entering the NEC will be required to wear a mask, unless medically exempt.

Read the government guidance

Note for exhibitors: This includes anyone entering the show at build up, open and breakdown.

Visitor experience

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There will be wider aisles to reduce areas of high crowd density and improve attendee flow.

There will also be multiple entrances which will enable management of queues. 

COVID-19 status check will be required as a condition of entry for build-up, open and breakdown. *scroll down for more information

Personal Hygiene

Personal Hygiene

Hygiene reminders to regularly wash hands will be in place throughout the venue.

Contactless payments will be encouraged throughout via card or phone, with an email receipt wherever possible.

NEC Birmingham - Commitment to keeping you safe

NEC have upgraded their filtration systems to ensure clean and safe air is circulated throughout the venue and all areas are supplemented with natural ventilation through the opening of doors and windows as necessary. They have also done the following:

  • Deep clean by the venue prior to commencing build up.
  • The venue will be fully cleaned regularly including an overnight cleaning regime of enclosed spaces.
  • An enhanced cleaning regime during show open periods, with extra attention given to high frequency touch points such as toilets, door handles and handrails.

Information for exhibitors

Passes and registration

Anyone working on the build-up or breakdown of an event will be asked to pre-register before arriving onsite.

Exhibitor Passes will be emailed to you
once you have registered, details will
follow on how to do this.

Passes and registration


Exhibitor manuals will include specific
details of what our exhibitors need to
execute for the enhanced safety and
hygiene measures.



Planning your event

While there are no government restrictions in place with regards to stand layout, we recommend you design your stand space with others comfort and well-being in mind. 

What to consider:

  • how your customers will feel entering your stand space
  • how your staff will feel manning your stand
  • how you would feel entering your stand space
  • we recommend you provide hand
    sanitiser on your stand.

Stand Hospitality can resume, through
NEC Catering.


For further information on how we are keeping you safe, see our all secure standard document here. Please note that all measures at up to date at the time of publish, but are subject to change. We will be abiding by all current government guidelines.

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