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Coronavirus: France’s UNIMEV says its members will hold events “as planned”

All events due to be held in France are to go ahead, according to UNIMEV, the French Union of Event Trades.

Global association for the exhibition industry UFI ran a statement, 17 February, from the association which noted members had confirmed that “industry-specific and scientific events, fairs and tradeshows scheduled in France in the coming months will be held as planned”.

“The information known to date on the conditions under which the coronavirus epidemic may be spread, in terms of both the risks of viral contamination and the pandemic’s geographical spread, does not justify the cancellation of events to be held in our country,” the UNIMEV statement said.

Operators in the country’s events industry are taking all necessary measures to ensure the health security of attendees, UNIMEV underlined, and said safeguarding the health of those attending industry-specific and scientific events, fairs and tradeshows was a priority.

“Event organisers are acting in compliance with the recommendations and measures established by the WHO, the competent French authorities and acknowledged expert bodies such as the Institut Pasteur,” the UNIMEV statement continued.

The association added that its members were taking all necessary measures to ensure the health security of those attending their events, including the introduction of specific filtering measures at entry points, sanitary checks, public aware­ness-raising initiatives, the provision of protective equipment and the implementation of on-site medical services.

“The organisers of international events are doing their utmost to ensure that the attendees of their events can continue to come together from across the globe, with discernment, peace of mind and openness,” the French association concluded.

Following this link to the UNIMEV website for further information and health recommendations regarding the coronavirus.