A positive prognosis for ConExpo26 February 2020
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), organisers of ConExpo, has reassured the industry that the show is on track to go ahead, despite concerns over the spread of COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus. Exhibits are being set-up, and the AEM is taking careful steps to ensure a healthy show.
“The show is just two weeks away and we understand the concern about COVID-19,” said Dana Wuesthoff, ConExpo show director. “We want to be as transparent as possible and share information about the proactive steps we are taking to address concerns.”
The AEM says that its top priority continues to be the health and safety of all participants at ConExpo, including attendees, exhibitors, vendors, staff, industry partners, and others involved in the show. The organisers are closely monitoring the news and will follow any protocols that are provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Hand sanitizer will be available in all registration areas, media rooms, information stands, the international trade centre, meeting/education spaces, workforce and VIP areas. Further, staff will also be cleaning those areas more frequently, especially tables, keyboards/screens, door handles. We have also confirmed hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the grounds.
“Rest assured, we are adhering to all guidance and recommended safety measures issued by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state and local health organizations,” continued Wuesthoff. “We are encouraging attendees to take common-sense precautions and follow CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of illness. We have also been working with the Las Vegas Convention Center, the airport authority and area hotels and resorts to coordinate appropriate safety procedures.”
The show has had no major exhibit cancellations. Many of the top exhibitors have been onsite for weeks moving in equipment and setting up their booth space. These exhibitors have been following the move-in schedule protocols and the organisers anticipate all exhibitors will be moved in and ready for the show’s opening day on Tuesday, March 10.
ConExpo say that they are taking COVID-19 very seriously and are fully invested and prepared to host a successful show. The organisers add, reflecting the advice of health experts around the world, that they encourage everyone to make responsible decisions and stay home if they are sick.