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Broadband World Forum Statement on Coronavirus

Updated with RAI bio security measures 15/05/2020

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Informa Tech’s purpose is to inspire the technology community to design, build and run a better digital world. Within the Broadband and Optical portfolio, we believe it is our responsibility to support that community as it supports the people and businesses that rely on network connectivity throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. With Broadband World Forum taking place in mid-October, we have every confidence that it will successfully run as planned. As we all hope to return to ‘business as usual’ as soon as safely possible, and as we plan ahead, we will continue to closely monitor the developments and adhere to any guidelines issued by local and national authorities, public health advice, and WHO that may be relevant then to ensure safety and wellbeing of our customers, partners, and staff.

Please feel free to contact us at any time for support or with any questions you may have regarding Broadband World Forum and more importantly, to see if there is anything we can do to help your business now. With a suite of digital products available to help with thought leadership and brand amplification, there are a number of ways to engage with the industry. We’re here to support you in any way we can so please get in touch with the team.

This statement was published on 31st March 2020, and will be reviewed weekly and updated as necessary. 

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RAI Covid-19 bio security measures

RAI Amsterdam is closely following developments regarding COVID-19. We are in constant contact with specialized bodies and partners, such as the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), the Municipal Health Services (GGD), the City of Amsterdam, Schiphol Airport and KLM. Together we have discussed any timely precautions that need to be taken and risks that can be avoided. We use RIVM and GGD guidelines as a starting point for the protocols and precautions we adopt. The well-being and safety of our employees and guests are our main priority at all times.

Since mid-January we have the precautionary measures in place at our venue and during events. In the interest of public health and to prevent any contamination and spread of the coronavirus, we insist all stakeholders to respect the RIVM and GGD hygiene regulation guidelines when on the RAI site. These include:

  • washing hands regularly with soap and/or hand disinfectants
  • coughing and sneezing in paper tissues or the inside of one's elbow
  • avoiding contact with people with respiratory symptoms (cough, cold, etc.)
  • greeting each other with hand gestures and/or words
  • ensuring good ventilation of the venue
  • the use of mouth masks is only recommended for medical personnel in the Netherlands.

To counter the spread of coronavirus, the following precautionary measures are taken during events at RAI Amsterdam:

  • hand disinfectants are made available at all entrances and in public spaces
  • first aid personnel have been instructed to recognize the symptoms of the virus and know how to manage possible cases of illness; they also walk around on the floor
  • additional first aid positions are opened during events, including one isolated post to prevent any spread of the virus
  • cleaning is especially thorough
  • there is more focus on following hygiene regulations.

Health and disease prevention institutes in The Netherlands and in Europe state that transmitting of the coronavirus can only take place when an infected person shows flu symptoms, beginning with an elevated temperature (38 Celsius and higher). Next to this contact with an infected person or a visit to any of the risk areas should be taken into account.* Therefore we tightened our precautionary measures at our upcoming international events:

  • Visitors and exhibitors are only allowed access to the venue after giving a written mandatory health declaration and a negative fever measurement (38 Celsius and higher) at the entrance.
  • Fever measurements will take place each time before entering the venue. In case of positive measurement access will be denied.
  • An onsite COVID-19 helpdesk will be in place with medical specialist to answer questions. This helpdesk is in close contact with our first aid personnel.

* source: RIVM, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control ECDPC (Robert Koch Institute bases their advice on ECDPC).