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As an industry we are doing everything possible to flatten the curve. The best thing we can do as employers and individuals is to follow local mandates to shelter in place, as we know this contributes to slowing the spread of COVID-19.

In preparation for the recovery, however, Go LIVE Together coalition members are working on safety standards and protocols that will be posted here as they become available. We understand that ensuring exhibitors and attendees feel safe returning to events will be a critical first step in our ability to get back to work.

Some areas of focus include guidance around:

Personal safety
e.g., Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) use, preventative testing, contact tracing
Enhanced cleaning
e.g., Cleaning of public spaces, exhibitor and supplier disinfection requirements, maintenance guidelines
Social density at events
e.g., Physical distancing rules, attendee flow, maximum capacity,  registration protocols
Entrance controls
e.g., Queueing protocols, availability of sanitation, masks, testing, contact tracing, thermometers
On-site services and management
e.g., Availability of isolation areas, masks, hand sanitizers, waste bins, medical and cleaning staff

Understanding the importance of safety to our industry’s recovery, several of our partners are already actively working on this issue. Among the first is GBAC—the Global Biorisk Advisory Council—and its GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation program. The program has garnered support from IAEE, IAVM, United Service Companies, and a growing number of convention centers. Our partner at EIC through their APEX Commission is also working on this issue, as is UFI, especially in the international arena. This shows the power of coming together—as our partners continue to share ideas and work together, we will only be stronger.