Fira de Barcelona has prepared a strict safety and prevention protocol against covid-19 for its return to business, after the hiatus forced by the pandemic. The aim is to be able to hold events with the strongest guarantees of safety for workers, organizers, exhibitors, visitors and suppliers.
Larger spaces to ensure physical distancing, artificial intelligence to control the flow of visitors and spatial capacities, traceability in the contacts between attendees at the site and reinforced ventilation systems are just some of the measures that the protocol includes. It was drawn up in collaboration with the Aon consultancy, who specialise in risk management, and the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, a leading centre of epidemiology research.
More than 400 processes associated with the celebration of fairs and congresses were studied in the course of preparing the protocol.
- Before the event and access
We have chosen to use online accreditation systems to sell services and speed up access to the site, enabling entrances where visitors can sign in with their mobiles, with an appointment system to prevent queuing. Face masks must be worn inside the buildings and the temperature of attendees will be monitored when necessary through thermal cameras and portable equipment.
- Inside the space
Once inside the space, the flow of visitors and capacity will be monitored through cameras equipped with artificial intelligence, and they will trace the movements and contacts made by those attending. The ventilation system has been improved through the addition of anti-bacterial filters and systems to renew the air. Control points have also been set up to monitor the use of facemasks and to provide disinfectant gel throughout the space.
Hygiene and health controls have been strengthened in the catering areas, so that food is delivered in individual portions, screens have been installed and cashless payments are accepted in all the food outlets.
The medical offices are staffed by personnel with specific training and equipped with all the material necessary, and there are isolation rooms for any possible positive cases detected.
- Protection at stands and congresses
The stands will be designed to adapt to the new requirements, being more open and with surfaces that are easier to clean, to hold fewer people and more hygienic. We discourage the giving out of materials among exhibitors and visitors (documents, leaflets, welcome packs, etc.), and their distribution will be limited in the whole site. As regards congresses, the number of attendees is reduced to respect the safety distance, and efforts will be made to use virtual activities to improve the user experience and increase the global audience.
Further information about the safety and prevention protocol against Covid-19 can be found here.