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ProWein exhibition centre draws up health and safety protocol

Messe Düsseldorf, which hosts drinks trade show ProWein, has worked out a new hygiene protocol to ensure people will be safe at all future exhibitions.

The Hygiene and Infection Protection Concept of the Düsseldorf exhibition centre will enable trade shows like ProWein to be held while ensuring the “greatest protection possible for exhibitors, visitors, partners and members of staff,” according to the company.

The current Corona Protection Ordinance of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia serves as a basis for the new measures.

Official distancing and hygiene rules will be in place at all events held at the Düsseldorf exhibition centre, but compliance is also “up to each individual”..

The measures include maintaining a minimum distance of 1.5 metres, seeing to one’s own hand hygiene, wearing a face mask, following the country’s “sneeze etiquette”, and foregoing hand-shaking.

If needed, face masks will be handed out by service staff at the entrances and at the premises.

“I welcome how responsibly Messe Düsseldorf deals with the topic of infection protection and takes all precautions to ensure that safe trade fair operations are also possible in Corona times,” Thomas Geisel, Lord Mayor of the state capital and chairman of the supervisory board of Messe Düsseldorf, said.

Wherever queues form, floor markings will draw attention to the minimum distancing requirements. Messe Düsseldorf staff and security personnel will ensure these distances are observed. To avoid bumping into people, people will be asked to keep to the right when walking through the halls. All doors – with the exception of fire protection doors – will be wide open for contactless use.

Sanitisers will be made available across the entire premises, but at stands, exhibitors themselves will be in charge of this.

All payment transactions will be cashless “to the extent possible”, and ticket counters will remain closed.

Service desks and counters will be equipped with transparent partitions as hygiene guards.

At least twice a day – also more frequently depending on the footfall – turnstiles and ticket scanners, service desk and counter tops as well as contact surfaces such as door handles will be cleaned.

In the toilet facilities, the maximum number of persons is determined by the number of open WCs and urinals. Half of all urinals and wash basins will be blocked off in each facility, and WC cubicles will all be accessible without any restrictions.

As before, there will be food service and catering offered at the events, but operators have to draw up their own hygiene and infection protection concept..

In addition, for the duration of the pandemic, there is a general ban on stand parties and exhibitor parties at the premises.

All members of staff will receive face masks, and for outdoor jobs they will also have a visor. Tools are, if possible, personally assigned to individual employees, and will be cleaned before being handed over to third parties.

Protective gloves will be mandatory if jobs cannot be performed with personally assigned tools, or if an immediate exchange of materials and objects is required.

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