ISE Coronavirus updates

13.02.2020 19:00 CET Our current status with regard to the COVID-19 virus remains unchanged. We still recommend that exhibitors and attendees follow the WHO precautions outlined in previous updates.

12.02.2020 17:45 CET We continue to recommend that exhibitors and attendees follow the WHO precautions against the virus, which has now been named COVID-19. Our current status with regard to the virus remains unchanged. We will issue the next update tomorrow.

11.02.2020 17:45 CET As of today there are no changes to the WHO guidance given in previous updates, which you can read below. We are pleased to see exhibitors and attendees following safe greeting practices such as fist or elbow bumps. We will continue to issue updates on a daily basis.

10.02.2020 13:00 CET As?exhibitors?move in and set up?continues on, the show management?of ISE?and?executive?staff?of both AVIXA and CEDIA?are continuing to monitor this?fast-moving situation?through the advice of public health authorities.?We?want to reassure our exhibitors, attendees and staff that?health and safety is our paramount and first concern as we consider the decisions around?the ISE?show.

While there have been no?additional?updates,?as advised by the?World Health Organization,?the ISE team as well as those at RAI?Amsterdam?have put the following precautions in effect:

  • Respecting travel?restrictions?where they may exist
  • Health information and first-aid points?are?prevalent across the RAI, with the first-aid phone number?available?on all?printed attendee badges
  • Additional hand sanitising facilities?and hygiene recommendations?have?also been?made available, with personal hand?sanitiser bottles?available?for distribution
  • Plus, additional cleaning and?sanitising of all registration equipment
  • Focused presenter protocol that includes?the cleaning of keyboards and microphones after every speaking session

As well as for all on-site attendees and personnel to follow these precautions:

  • Avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections
  • People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands)
  • Avoid handshaking or excessive contact, a simple verbal greeting, or fist bump will do
  • Frequent hand washing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment
  • Avoiding unprotected contact with farm or wild animals

07.02.2020 19:45 CET While our advice – and the official advice – on the Coronavirus remains unchanged, we would like to reassure our attendees and exhibitors that ISE 2020 is going ahead. Various unfounded rumours have been circulating that some major companies are withdrawing from the show; in particular, we can advise that Optoma have confirmed to us that they will be taking part. We acknowledge that LG and Iiyama have cancelled, and we respect their decisions. Some 50 Chinese companies have had to withdraw due to travel restrictions and flight cancellations. There are still more than 1250 exhibitors who are remaining in the show and plan to make ISE 2020 a success. See you next week!

06.02.2020 19:00 CET – While ISE can confirm no changes to our current status as it pertains to the Coronavirus, we would like to take this opportunity to share our thoughts and compassion for all those affected.

05.02.2020 20:00 CET The show management of Integrated Systems Events and executive staff of both AVIXA and CEDIA are continuing to monitor this fast-moving situation through the advice of public health authorities. We wish to reassure our exhibitors, attendees and staff that health and safety is our paramount concern as we consider the decisions around the Integrated Systems Europe show.

Our determination to proceed with the exhibition has been made with consideration to current guidelines provided by public health authorities including the World Health Organization (WHO). It currently does not warn against travel, except in and out of China.

We understand and support that our exhibiting partners will make their decisions based on the best course of action for their employees and their customers. If the expertise of the global health community recommends a different course of action, we will immediately implement these changes.

Today, as advised by the WHO, the ISE team, as well as those at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre, have put the following precautions into effect:

  • Respecting travel restrictions where they may exist
  • Health information and first-aid points will be prevalent across the RAI
  • Additional hand sanitising facilities and hygiene recommendations will also be made available

As well as for all on-site attendees and personnel to follow these precautions:

  • Avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections
  • Frequent hand washing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment
  • Avoiding unprotected contact with farm or wild animals
  • People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands)
  • Avoid handshaking or excessive contact, a simple verbal greeting, or fist bump will do

If the expertise of the global health community recommends a different course of action to protect everyone from the spread of this disease, then rest assured we will immediately adjust our response and implement their instructions.

04.02.2020 – 20:00 CET We have no further updates to our advice at this time.

03.02.2020 – 12:00 CET ISE wants to work together with all exhibitors and visitors to maintain a safe and healthy environment at the show. This involves following a few simple precautions.

Mike Blackman, Managing Director of Integrated Systems Events, has called on exhibitors and attendees to observe a few straightforward measures to ensure a safe and healthy environment at ISE 2020. He said: “Although all Chinese airports are already exercising exit controls with health tests we ask all of you, whichever country you will be attending from, to work with us and exercise some common healthy practices.

“If you do not feel well or believe you may have any relevant symptoms (or in fact any health threatening symptoms, whatever they may be) that you feel might put your fellow exhibitors and attendees at risk please seek medical advice and refrain from travelling.”

We urge everyone coming to ISE 2020 to do the following:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands;
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough;
  • Do keep up to date with the World Health Organization recommendations on keeping healthy.

Additional hand sanitising facilities will be put in place in multiple locations across the RAI.

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The show’s organisers are in daily contact with the RAI, with airlines and with public health authorities and continue to monitor the official advice from the WHO, the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) and the Dutch public health authority (RIVM).

Blackman added: “Because many airlines have cancelled flights to and from China, we know that some Chinese companies may not be able to attend ISE 2020. We are liaising with our Chinese exhibitors and offering what assistance we can.”

Our next update will be issued tomorrow, 04.02.2020.

31.01.2020 – 18:30 CET We remain in daily contact with the RAI, with airlines and with public health authorities. Our advice to attendees and exhibitors remains unchanged – see below. The information is evolving and we are actively staying up to date.

The next update will be published on 03.02.2020, or sooner if circumstances dictate.

30.01.2020, 22:00 CET – In an announcement made late this evening, the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency of international concern. This declaration was made to promote and co-ordinate international efforts and enhanced preparedness in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The advice as of now is not meant to limit global travel or business. The WHO stressed that restricting the movement of people and goods during public health emergencies may be ineffective.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said:

“There is no reason for measures that unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade. WHO doesn’t recommend limiting trade and movement.

“We call on all countries to implement decisions that are evidence-based and consistent.”

ISE expects a reduced presence from Chinese visitors (who in 2019 comprised 3.2% of attendees) given that many airlines are cancelling flights to and from China. We are in close liaison with our Chinese exhibitors in this fast-moving situation.

We continue to monitor communications from WHO, ECDC and local health agencies, airports and venues regarding international travel and health precautions.

The RAI’s on-site medical teams and doctors have been instructed on how to identify symptoms and deal with any potential cases. Team numbers will be increased for ISE 2020.

We continue to recommend general precautions to reduce the risk of infection, as recommended by the WHO, which include:

? Avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.
? Frequent hand-washing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment.
? Avoiding unprotected contact with farm or wild animals.
? People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands).

WHO does not recommend any specific health measures for travellers. In case of symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness either during or after travel, travellers are encouraged to seek medical attention and share their travel history with their healthcare provider.

We will continue to review the situation and adapt our advice accordingly.

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