Visitors to this week’s HRC show at London ExCeL will be proactively encouraged to maintain personal hygiene, with advice displayed on digital screens and organisers laying on extra hand sanitiser around the venue.
With fears over the spread of coronavirus continuing to mount, exhibitors and visitors to the show can expect to see extra precautionary measures being taken.
Montgomery Events, which organises the show, is expecting more than 21,000 visitors over the next three days.
The company said it is “closely monitoring” the situation with regards to coronavirus and liaising with ExCeL on any appropriate measures, based on advice from Public Health England, NHS England and the World Health Organisation.
In a statement posted on its website yesterday, Montgomery Events said: “ExCeL have a policy in place that will be put into action should the circumstances arise and we are in regular contact with them so that if the situation changes and it becomes necessary to share additional information with exhibitors and visitors we will act immediately.
“ExCeL’s cleaning teams are focusing on ‘high touch’ areas, and including additional hand sanitisers in public areas. As organisers we are also providing hand sanitisers at the entrances and at strategic points throughout the exhibition. If additional measures become necessary we will undertake these as required.”
ExCeL has created a dedicated coronavirus page on its website. It said the venue remains open and events are taking place as planned, and it would be following advice from the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England.
It stated: “We have a detailed assessment and procedure document, prepared by Meditechs in line with guidance published by the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England. This has been prepared for ExCeL London and outlines how we will monitor the venue and deal with potential cases.”
ExCeL has placed hand sanitisers at every organisers’ office (located along the boulevard) and at both the east and west entrance. In addition, it has invested in a stock of masks and individual sanitisers that it will make available as required.
“We are also proactively encouraging staff, exhibitors and visitors to maintain personal hygiene, with advice displayed on digital screens, around the venue and within the ExCeL office,” it said.
ExCeL says that anyone who has travelled from China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, or Macau, in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough, fever or shortness of breath, should not travel to the venue, even if symptoms are mild.
It advised: “If someone begins to feel unwell whilst attending an event at ExCeL, they should visit the Medical Centre, located on Level 0, within the central boulevard of the venue. Our onsite Medical team have been fully briefed and have plans in place to deal with anyone experiencing the symptoms of coronavirus, including separate areas to isolate people until they can be transferred to hospital.
As of yesterday at 9am, a total of 11,750 people have been tested in the UK, of which 11,715 were confirmed negative and 35 positive.
The Department of Health and Social Care will provide its next update at 2pm today.