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Organisers who had already announced the reopening of indoor fairs in September and who have now postponed these include IACF at Alexandra Palace and Adams Antiques Fairs’ monthly event at the Royal Horticultural Hall, both in London.

The subject of holding indoor fairs is far from clear. As regards conferences and events, the UK government website states: “These will be allowed to open for government-endorsed pilots but should not generally be open to wider business meetings or events until October 1, subject to the prevalence of Covid-19 remaining low.’’

Talking to ATG, fair organiser Matthew Adams said: “It would seem that as long as you have taken all precautions it is still legal to hold an antiques fair in a venue that is not specifically a conference and events venue.’’

He added: “As much as I would love to restart our regular monthly fairs, the Royal Horticultural Halls and The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea are prohibited from opening their venues and hosting events.’’

Adams Antiques Fairs’ next announced event at the RHH is now on Sunday, October 11, with its Frock Me vintage fashion fair back at the Chelsea Town Hall on Sunday, October 4.

IACF plans a return to Ally Pally on Sunday, November 1.