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New framework for safe reopening of the global exhibitions sector

The UFI has published a global framework aimed at the safe and controlled reopening of exhibitions and B2B trade events around the world as countries start to look at easing Covid-19 restrictions.

The document is intended to become a de facto standard in exchanges with policy makers and authorities globally and has been put together by a specialist taskforce of partners and industry leaders, whose operational recommendations reflect emerging regulatory conditions.

“The ability of associations to lead and help foster discussion and debate across whole industries makes us central to a crisis such as the outbreak of Covid-19,” said UFI president Mary Larkin.

“UFI prides itself on a network of members and partners that sits at the forefront of exhibition industry development, and consequently we have some of the world’s leading authorities working with us on this framework.

“We hope that the industry comes together in support of this initiative and helps make the framework synonymous with our industry’s recovery.”

The framework is intended as a working document and includes around 30 items that will ensure that exhibitions can run in a safe environment. It covers areas like personnel and personal safety, physical distancing, increased health and safety regulations, the implementation of crowd control, and the encouragement and enforcement regulations – all before, during, and after the event respectively.

“Exhibitions are distinct from other large events,” said Kai Hattendorf, UFI’s CEO.

“Crowd management, visitor flow and adherence to operational protocols can be tightly managed. A strong framework provides a compelling case for the recommencement and continuation of this vital industry.”