COVID-19 update for The Meetings Show

Update: 3 April 2020

The Meetings Show official statement

Whilst The Meetings Show team continues to assess developments and the impact of Coronavirus COVID-19 on the global events industry, our priority remains to protect the health and welfare of our valued clients, partners, visitors and employees.

The constantly changing landscape means we often need to reassess the situation and be guided by the UK government, its health officials as well as industry bodies.

We are committed to supporting the industry and will remain in touch with stakeholders. We will continue to share news with our community as quickly as possible.

Current status
The UK's Chief Medical Officers have stated that the risk to individuals in the UK from COVID‐19 is high and as a UK‐based event, the risk is also high. However, we understand the situation is changing on a daily basis, so will commit to do the following:

Before The Meetings Show, we will continue to:

  • Be in close contact with the venue, Olympia London, to keep up to date on developments and advice from authorities.
  • Raise awareness of latest WHO and NHS advice with regards to the COVID-19 with our stakeholders.
  • Communicate the latest news with exhibitors via the website and email communications.
  • Stay in contact with registrants to update them on any developments.
  • Provide links to the latest information from the authorities.


At the event:

  • We will continue to work closely with the venue to monitor the onsite situation.
  • We will provide hand sanitisers and signage at the event in areas that visitors and exhibitors congregate e.g. registration, info points, lounges, theatres and washrooms.
  • We will install signs in all public toilets to alert visitors and exhibitors to the importance of handwashing and basic hygiene to arrest the spread of germs in line with WHO recommendations.
  • The onsite medical team have been made aware of the signs and symptoms of the virus and what actions to take if they suspect anyone of having had the virus.
     

For the most up to date information on the COVID-19, please visit:

  • World Health Organisation advice to the public here
  • UK Government guidelines here.
  • NHS guidelines here.
  • Public Health England advice here.

Stay at home:

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Anyone can spread the virus.

Full guidance on staying at home and away from others

Current advice from UK officials and the World Health Organisation (WHO)

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) now advises British people against all non-essential travel worldwide. 

If your travel is essential:

  • contact your airline, travel company, cruise line or other transport and accommodation providers to make sure you can still travel
  • read the details of your travel insurance carefully, and check that you are covered, and contact your insurer if you are uncertain. You may need to consider a specialist policy
  • make sure you can access money to cover emergencies and unexpected delays. Take more than one means of payment with you
  • be prepared to follow the advice of local authorities abroad. Be ready to comply with local isolation or quarantine requirements, and to rely on the local health system
  • make sure you have enough medication with you in case you are abroad longer than planned
  • be prepared for logistical and financial disruption to your travel
  • arrange extra support for family members, dependants or pets who may need care if you are abroad longer than planned
  • check travel advice for your destination regularly and sign-up to email alerts
  • visit this page regularly as it is constantly updated given the evolving situation overseas


If you are older, or if you have pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease), you are more likely to become severely ill if you catch the virus. Check the NHS guidance before you travel.

Use the 111 online COVID-19 service to find out what to do next.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

In Scotland call your GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours.

In Wales call 111 (if available in your area) or 0845 46 47.

In Northern Ireland call 111.

Lockdown areas in northern Italy:

  • Lombardy region (which includes the cities of Milan, Bergamo and Como)
  • the provinces of Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia and Rimini (all in Emilia Romagna)
  • Pesaro e Urbino (in Marche)
  • Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola and Vercelli (all in Piemonte)
  • Padova, Treviso and Venice (in Veneto)
     

The below advice is being given to avoid germs spreading:

DO

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away
  • wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell


DON’T

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

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