At the end of March, AIPC, the International Association of Convention Centres and UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition industry, released a guide to good practices for venues in the management of health and operational challenges specifically relating to the current COVID-19 outbreak.
“This Guide has been created as a collaborative project between our two organizations as a way of operationalizing our cooperative action in the face of such an evolving situation. We aim to ensure a greater degree of consistency in qualified advice and information being provided as well as to provide links to other sources of relevant information of authority.” said AIPC President Aloysius Arlando. “We firmly believe that this resource will serve as a useful guide to our respective members as we collectively confront this issue”.
Subsequently, they have released a second guide to help convention and exhibition centres prepare for and perform in an exceptional role they were not designed for but are increasingly performing: as temporary emergency facilities.
“This is the second guide to facility management under pandemic conditions to be produced by AIPC and UFI within a few weeks, but one that is of crucial importance to our many members who are being called upon to engage in this way,” says AIPC President Aloysius Arlando. “As a result of the professionalism, generosity and expertise of AIPC and UFI members – particularly those who are members of our Safety and Security Task Force – it incorporates some of the very latest front-line insights that have been and will continue to be gained in the midst of the crisis itself.”