Spielwarenmesse has announced that it is proceeding with an in-person event for 2021 that will be staged with comprehensive health and safety measures in place.
To allow the show to take place, Spielwarenmesse eG has collaborated with the venue operator NürnbergMesse and the relevant health authorities to develop a Health & Hygiene Concept.
The main features of the concept are social distancing, hygiene, and track and tracing.
To ensure these guidelines will be followed at the event, Spielwarenmesse is widening the halls of the exhibition to allow attendees to maintain 1.5m distance as well as putting the Special Areas and stand parties on hold.
The rules will also require attendees to wear masks indoors while walking the halls, thorough handwashing and observation of coughing and sneezing etiquette.
At the exhibition site itself, the public conveniences and surfaces such as tables and door handles will be cleaned and disinfected at short and regular intervals.
Ventilation systems will also supply the halls with fresh air, whilst ensuring that the air is exchanged completely several times an hour.
To ensure that seamless contact tracing can occur if required, all exhibitors, visitors, media representatives and service providers must register in advance of the event to receive their personalised tickets and passes.
For this reason, exhibitors will also be required to keep a contact list for all customer appointments held at stand tables where masks are removed.
Participants will only be permitted to the fair if they are in good health and attendees who have had contact with someone infected with COVID-19 in the past 14 days, are displaying symptoms of a respiratory illness or are running a raised temperature will not be allowed to enter the fair.
Spielwarenmesse eG CEO Ernst Kick said that the Health & Hygiene Concept ensures health and safety remains a top priority of the fair.
"In all our efforts to stage Spielwarenmesse 2021, the health and safety of the participants is our top priority.
"When it comes to personal encounters and sound buying decisions, trade fairs are more important than ever.
"Particularly in our industry, they are an indispensable driver of growth.
"That is why we’re doing all we can to stage Spielwarenmesse 2021 – the most important industry hub of the year – whilst ensuring that it is as safe and enjoyable as possible," he said.
Based on the requirements of the Bavarian State Government, the Concept will be continually updated to reflect any changes as they emerge.
The Spielwarenmesse will take place from 27 to 31 January 2021.