Bawat BWMS

All eyes on the exhibition industry

12/10/2020
MARPRO Team
Guidelines for infection control at trade fairs has been implemented to ensure the health and safety of our guests, visitors and employees. These will evolve in line with local government and international rules and regulations. Norway Trade Fairs run a vast array of different, large scale events at their exhibition halls – meaning professional routines and safety infrastructure will be firmly tried and tested prior to next year.

Since its establishment in 1920, Norway Trade Fairs’ mission has been to promote Norwegian business and industry by facilitating meeting places which contribute to increased trade, knowledge sharing and inspiration. Thus, they are key in the process of rebuilding Norwegian business and industry after the Covid-19 pandemic.

With 40,000 sqm spread over five exhibition halls in Lillestrøm, they are Norway’s largest exhibition facility with 40 to 50 annual events. They are a crucial trading arena for the business community, and many of their customers secure a large part of their turnover from trade carried out at our fairs. Several of their events have a similar nature to a shopping centre, i.e. a place for business.

Measures that make their trade fairs safer to visit than a shopping centre

  • All visitors must buy tickets online in advance. No physical ticket sales at the entrance.
  • If necessary, measures to limit the number of people arriving at the same time, for example by selling tickets for specific time slots.
  • Distribution of information on infection control to all visitors before the event.
  • Keep lists of names and contact details for employees, exhibitors, participants, for potential later infection tracking.
  • Information about the visitors and guests being kept for two weeks to use for any infection tracking. Infection detection takes place in collaboration with the municipal health official.
 
Guidlelines for infection control at trade fairs

By implementing increased measures for infection control, trade fairs in Norway should be able to open and receive guests and employees. This industry standard is based on the three main pillars for infection control on which the Norwegian Directorate of Health has based its guidelines:

  1. Sick persons must not be physically present
  2. Good hygiene
  3. Reduced contact between people
 
Summary of measures

  • Sick guests, visitors and employees must stay at home.
  • Guests, visitors, and employees who fall ill during their visit should leave the fair as soon as possible.
  • No physical ticket sales at the entrance. All visitors must buy tickets online in advance.
  • Distribution of information on infection control to all visitors before the event.
  • Encourage visitors to wash hands frequently and disinfect hands on arrival.
  • Open all available entrance doors, so that there are fewer people using each one and thus fewer contact points.
  • Distance marking in areas where queues may form.
  • Increased frequency of cleaning of surfaces and contact points.
  • Making hand disinfection available in central locations.
  • Ensure minimum one-meter distance between the tables in the restaurants.
  • No food sales from stalls.
  • Posters with recommendation to avoid queues.
  • Limiting the number of guests at each trade stand.
  • Limit of five people per table in the restaurants.
  • Extra security personnel who ensure compliance with the guidelines.
  • Training of all employees in all infection control routines. In addition to training, the routines should be posted in relevant places.
  • Keep lists of names and contact details for employees, exhibitors, participants, for potential later infection tracking.
  • Information about the visitors and guests being kept for two weeks to use for any infection tracking. Infection detection takes place in collaboration with the municipal health official.
Read the entire guideline here.


 
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