IAEE Updates Guidelines for Safe Return of Events

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) has updated its essential considerations for safely reopening exhibitions and events during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The revised white paper includes enhancements in insurance and travel considerations. It features new content on improved risk assessment and force majeure — a common contract clause that essentially frees both parties from liability or obligation when an extraordinary event or circumstance occurs beyond their control that prevents either or both from fulfilling their obligations under the contract. There are also updates from the Experiential Designers and Producers Association, Exhibition Services and Contractors Association, and Global Biorisk Advisory Council, too.

“IAEE’s health and safety task force has been diligent in its commitment to help show organizers and event professionals create a safe environment as we return to face-to-face exhibitions and events,” says IAEE president and CEO, David DuBois. “The updates made to the Essential Considerations for Safely Reopening Exhibitions and Events white paper reflect new developments that benefit our industry’s recovery.”

Originally released in June, the white paper provides general information for exhibition organizers when planning and producing an event during the health crisis. Areas of focus include general principles for health and safety operations; communication, education and awareness; exhibition and event operations; convention centre/venue cleaning prevention measures; and legal, insurance and travel considerations.

The updated white paper is available for download at no charge to IAEE members and the general public.


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