ISE is providing continuously updated advice on the Coronavirus outbreak in China in advance of the ISE show which starts on February 11, 2020.
The producer of the show has confirmed that the event will take place as scheduled.
They stated further: “We are monitoring and following guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC), alongside advice given by local health agencies, airports and venues.
“We are advised that no additional measures are required. We advise that exhibitors and attendees follow the care and hygiene recommendations recommended by the WHO. We, in addition, will install hand sanitisers in multiple locations around the RAI exhibition building for the duration of the show. We will inform you should there be any further updates to this statement.”
ISE has confirmed that there will be a reduced presence from Chinese visitors. They said: “ISE expects a reduced presence from Chinese visitors (who in 2019 comprised 3.2 per cent of attendees) given that many airlines are cancelling flights to and from China. We are in close liaison with our Chinese exhibitors in this fast-moving situation.”
It seems not only Chinese visitors are pulling out of the show though, as Korea-based LG announced they won’t be attending anymore due to Coronavirus concerns. However, there has been no indication of international travel restriction guidance aside from in and out of China. LG commented: “This decision will prevent needlessly exposing hundreds of LG employees to international travel, which most health experts have advised.”
Mike Blackman, managing director of ISE, commented on the situation: “We’re not the experts, we will never try to pretend to make any assumptions based on hearsay or speculation. We have to follow the information we are getting from authorised authorities and reacting as recommended by them.”
He continued: “Although all Chinese airports are already exercising exit controls with health tests we ask all of you, whichever country you will be attending from, to work with us and exercise some common healthy practices.
“If you do not feel well or believe you may have any relevant symptoms (or in fact any health threatening symptoms, whatever they may be) that you feel might put your fellow exhibitors and attendees at risk please seek medical advice and refrain from travelling.”
On the presence of Chinese visitors, he said: “Because many airlines have cancelled flights to and from China, we know that some Chinese companies may not be able to attend ISE 2020. We are liaising with our Chinese exhibitors and offering what assistance we can.”
WHO’s medical guidelines in response to the Coronavirus outbreak include:
- Avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.
- Frequent hand-washing with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment.
- Avoiding unprotected contact with farm or wild animals.
- People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands).
- Keep up to date with the World Health Organisation recommendations on keeping healthy.
On-site medical teams and doctors at ISE 2020’s RAI Amsterdam venue have been trained on how to identify symptoms and deal with any potential cases. Team numbers will also be increased for ISE 2020 due to the crisis.
The show’s organisers are in daily contact with the RAI, with airlines and with public health authorities and continue to monitor the official advice from the WHO, the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) and the Dutch public health authority (RIVM).
ISE has created a dedicated Coronavirus page that is being consistently updated: https://www.iseurope.org/coronavirus/