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First glimpse of new normal as Hong Kong welcomes back events

The international event industry has taken its first steps in the Covid-19 recovery, with Hong Kong holding its first exhibition since the pandemic struck.

And the pictures give event professionals in other parts of the world the first glimpse of what events look like with preventive measures in place.

Temperature screening was required for all visitors

Temperature screening was required for all visitors

The city’s first exhibition since the Covid-19 pandemic, the 98th Hong Kong Wedding Fair, a three-day local consumer exhibition rescheduled from February, was held successfully on 22-24 May at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC)

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (“HML”), the private management company responsible for daily operation of the venue, stepped up preventive measures to ensure a safe, hygienic and comfortable environment for exhibitors and visitors.

Monica Lee-Müller, HML managing director, said: “HML is all set to welcome events back to the HKCEC. Health, safety and well-being of staff members and visitors have always been our top priority. The HML team has been working closely with organisers to reschedule events impacted by the pandemic, and to implement necessary measures to address health and hygiene concerns. With the success of the Hong Kong Wedding Fair, we can demonstrate our commitment of providing professional services and customer care for event organisers and attendees.“

The HML team cooperated with the organiser to implement special preventive measures in event arrangements, such as floor plan design, queuing logistics, F&B provision etc. All arrangements complied with the requirements imposed by the local authority, and made reference to industry guidelines and best practices.

All visitors, exhibitors, contractors and HML staff members were required to wear face masks at all times and had their body temperature screened before entering the HKCEC. Social distancing practice was implemented at busy locations such as the ticket counters, food and beverage outlets and washrooms, where queues were expected.

Frequent disinfecting work was carried out

Frequent disinfecting work was carried out

Sanitation and disinfection were carried out by HML staff regularly to ensure venue hygiene. Public facilities and furniture such as escalator handrails, door knobs, lift panels, tables and chairs in the exhibition stands, etc. were sanitised frequently. The exhibition hall was disinfected at the end of each show day.