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Vicenzaoro releases extensive plan to keep exhibitors and visitors safe

Vicenzaoro January 2019_2

As the Italian Exhibition Group forges ahead with plans for the September 2020 edition of Vicenzaoro, detailed guidelines have been released on how the jewellery fair can take place, whilst adhering to government rules on health and safety.

As Italy has started to ease its restrictions, Vicenzaoro has been given the green light to take place September 5-9, 2020, with show organisers vowing to put the safety of visitors and exhibitors first and foremost.

In order to install confidence in those wanting to exhibit and attend the international jewellery show, the Italian Exhibition Group has released detailed guidelines in a document entitled #SafeBusiness.

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The document contains a plan which has been devised with the fair’s outfitting and catering companies, technicians and international operators – ensuring all involved in putting a successful show together are on-board with the new regulations which will be in place.

The document provides over fifty guidelines, which every phase in the trade show and conference experience – with graphics showing plans for each area.

These include:

  • Sanitised shuttle transport between the airport, hotels and Expo Centres, all equipped with disinfectant, the obligation to wear face masks on board and a fixed number of passengers
  • Conventions with bike sharing and electric scooter companies in accordance with hotels and the territory
  • Ticket office and payments being exclusively online
  • Scheduled entries according to hall capacity
  • Extended trade show opening times
  • Face mask distribution desks (with mandatory use and specific aids for those with special needs such as transparent face masks for IEG staff to facilitate relations with the hearing impaired)
  • Multiple entrances
  • Safety aisles and distancing signage
  • Temperature checks on the public using thermos scanners
  • A sanitisation route
Temperatures will be checked at the entrance.
Flow management will be in place to ensure everyone can adhere to social distancing.

Furthermore, the entire outfitting supply chain will be organised and managed in safety, visitor flows will be monitored with centralised digital tracking and on-site controls by remotely guided stewards.

All the areas, rooms and bathroom facilities will be sanitised on a continuous cycle and air-conditioning channel filters will be sanitised.

At the catering spots all workers will wear gloves, face masks and disposable overalls, and show attendees will be able to opt for ‘skip-the-line’ payments and a safe delivery system to the stands.

A strict crisis management protocol will be established which defines on-site behaviour should suspected cases occur. IEG employees and trade show staff will also undergo training for their own safety and to ensure the safe execution of their duties, the use of PPE, respect of the strict procedures for personal hygiene, sanitising and distancing.

“We have worked on this plan,” says chief executive officer of the Italian Exhibition Group, Corrado Peraboni, “with the aim of providing a complete and reliable answer for our customers and the international public which, now more than ever, is asking us to be able to count on trade shows and conferences re-starting. We have done so in line with the anti-Covid-19 health regulations and documents drafted by AEFI, FEDERCONGRESSI, UFI and EMECA, which I would like to thank for their constant presence regarding the question concerned.”

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The author Stacey Hailes

Editor, Professional Jeweller

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