Amid concerns of Coronavirus in the United States, ConExpo-Con/AGG has periodically given updates as the large trade show approaches in Las Vegas.
On March 2, ConExpo-Con/AGG released updated information and guidelines for attendees to follow to make sure everyone is safe.
While a few international exhibitors from China, Italy and Korea have canceled over fears of Coronavirus, the majority of exhibitors and attendees are still expected to attend the show from March 10 to 14.
ConExpo-Con/AGG published the following on its website:
"Our top priority is focused on the health and safety of all participants at ConExpo-Con/AGG & IFPE 2020, including attendees, exhibitors, vendors, staff, industry partners, and others involved in the show. We are proceeding as planned to hold a safe and successful ConExpo-Con/AGG & IFPE in Las Vegas, March 10-14. We are in contact with the Southern Nevada Health District and they have assured us that no known cases of COVID-19 are in the area. In addition, all 11 Las Vegas airports have screening protocols in place."
Show organizers are taking steps to address concerns by providing heightened levels of cleanliness, including:
- Working with the Las Vegas Convention Center to ensure additional hand sanitizers will be provided throughout the shows, including Festival Grounds and Westgate.
- Providing hand sanitizers in all registration areas, media rooms, information stands, the international trade center, meeting/education spaces, workforce and VIP areas, including several areas on the show grounds.
- Providing additional hand sanitizers and cleaning protocols in all monorail stations.
- Adding staff to increase cleaning of all common areas using strong disinfectant to clean those areas used more frequently, especially tables, keyboards/screens, door handles, etc.
- Working with Centerplate concessions to ensure the following of all protocols followed by the health department.
- Encouraging a "no handshake" policy onsite and we are providing buttons and stickers to attendees and exhibitors. Some exhibitors are choosing to print their own for staff and customers. See here for graphics.
Show Management also has arranged for "No Handshake" buttons and stickers to be distributed at the show. In addition, large signage will be visible throughout the show to remind everyone of hygiene best practices and guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
"We know how much a solid handshake can mean to engender trust and bonding between two people discussing major business decisions," said Wuesthoff. "But in the interest of keeping everyone as healthy as possible, we want to impress upon everyone that it's okay to replace that custom with something as simple as a thumbs-up, a wave, a fist or elbow bump, or even the exchange of mobile phone numbers."