Published on : Thursday, June 25, 2020
Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre have decided to continue planning for their autumn event season at full capacity. However, they will do so with the objective that participation in events is completely safe for clients and staff. The convention centre have prepared detailed guidelines that will serve as cornerstones for safety and guide the activities of visitors, business clients and staff at fairs, meetings and other events. As the convention centre is built for large public events hygiene standards and expertise are already inherently high.
The safety protocols of Messukeskus Helsinki includes detailed information on safety distances, hygiene, event space planning, services, cleaning, air conditioning and staff protection among other things. The guidelines also mention separate measures for companies participating in exhibitions and their stands. It has been mentioned that it is mandatory for companies to ensure the safety of staff working at stands and visitors visiting the stand. The safety guidelines are also in line with the guidelines provided by the Government, the regional authorities and the health authorities and are likely to be updated as and when required.
Good basic information included in the guidelines has been obtained from the international umbrella organization UFI. In addition, Messukeskus follows the self-monitoring guidelines prepared by The Association of Trade Fair and Event Organisers in Finland (MeTa) that covers the entire Finnish exhibition industry. MeTa’s guidelines are based on extensive customer survey alongside official information. The convention centre is also closely monitoring the experiences of other countries as exhibition activities have gradually resumed in destinations like Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Greece, Poland, China, Austria and Italy.
Anni Vepsalainen, Managing Director, Messukeskus Helsinki said in a statement that the convention centre is undertaking every possible effort to ensure it is safe to return to the venue. She informed that a restart team consisting of staff with multidisciplinary expertise have been formed in the process and they have done an exceptional job of putting together instructions in a rapidly changing situation. She also said exhibitions have a huge significance for the recovery of business life and shared that the team received valuable information about the needs of the events industry at present. She also thanked clients for their constant support and encouragement throughout the crisis.