The organisers behind Naidex have published their COVID-19 safety measures as the show prepares to welcome visitors to its 2021 event.
After consulting with the government and the NEC Birmingham, ROAR B2B has confirmed that a number of safety regulations will be in place when the exhibition opens on September 15-16. The full list of safety measures are as follows:
When you arrive
There will be clear signage throughout the venue to direct you to the event.
COVID-19 status checks
NEC staff will conduct COVID-19 status checks before entry to the venue. The accepted methods of showing COVID-19 status are:
– NHS COVID-19 Pass via the NHS App (this is different to the NHS COVID-19 Test and Trace app). It is advised individuals apply no later than 48 hours before attending their event to allow for the application to be processed in time.
– Proof of immunity shown by a positive PCR test result, lasting for 180 days from the date of the positive test and following completion of the self-isolation period.
– Lateral flow or PCR negative test results text or e-mail, received within 72 hours prior to attending the event. However, we encourage visitors to complete their test within 48 hours.
There will be an on-site lateral flow test centre. However, organisers strongly recommend that visitors complete their test before they arrive to avoid queues at the test centre.
Individuals are requested NOT to attend Naidex if they are:
Are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 (a high temperature, new and persistent cough, or a loss of/change in sense of taste or smell), even if these symptoms are mild.
Have been asked to self-isolate because you have been exposed to a person with COVID-19.
Or live with an individual who has symptoms of COVID-19.
Everyone who attends the event is strongly advised to wear a face covering unless they are exempt.
To make sure everyone who attends the event is a comfortable as possible, the organisers have increased the space of the hall. This includes widening the aisles to at least three metres – with aisles stretching to five metres in high footfall places. All theatres and networking areas will have a suitable amount of space between seating.
The NEC has recently undergone a recommission of its ventilation equipment and upgraded filtration systems to ensure safe, clean air is circulated throughout the venue at all times. All areas will have natural ventilation with open doors and windows. The NEC also has plenty of accessible outside spaces.
The NEC has increased cleaning times for high contact surfaces throughout event days and there will be hygiene stations – with clear reminders for visitors to wash their hands – frequently positioned throughout the venue.