The show is introducing checks for all arrivals, who will have to demonstrate proof of their Covid-19 status on arrival at Autumn Fair.
All attendees to this year’s Autumn Fair at NEC Birmingham will have to show proof of their Covid-19 status, organisers Hyve Group have announced. This means either having two vaccinations, a negative lateral flow test, or evidence of natural immunity.
The event, which is co-located with Moda, re-opens its doors for the first time in 18 months from 5th to 8th September. It is introducing the new measures as part of its Safe & Secure guidelines to put the show community at ease as it plays a key role in reigniting the UK retail industry.
Following the government’s latest guidance, and working in consultation with the Association of Event Organisers (AEO), Autumn Fair will ask all attendees, including visitors, exhibitors, contractors, venue and organiser staff, to verify their Covid-19 status on arrival. This means all attendees will need to demonstrate proof of Covid-19 status for entry to the event. This will need to be one of the following:
- Proof of completion of a full course of vaccination two weeks prior to arrival.
- Proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test taken within 48hrs of arrival (retaken and reported every 72hrs).
- Proof of natural immunity shown by a positive PCR test result for COVID-19, lasting for 180 days from the date of the positive test and following completion of the self-isolation period.
Ian Solomon, operations director, Hyve Group, said: “The health and safety of our customers and community has been, and continues to be, a top priority as we return to delivering events and facilitating trade again. As such, it was imperative for Autumn Fair and Moda to verify attendees’ Covid-19 status on arrival. We have made the decision to implement Covid-19 status checks, even though this is not currently mandated within government guidelines, as the evidence suggests that this is the best way for us to reduce the risk of transmission within the event itself.
He continued: “Putting these checks in place adds an additional layer of reassurance for all attendees once they are inside the event. Furthermore, our risk assessment is substantial, and the updated Safe & Secure guidelines are designed to deliver industry-leading health and safety standards and procedures that will help put the minds of our community at ease.”
Other key features of the updated guidelines include a reduced contact registration system, a Code of Conduct, and exhibitors have been given a wealth of advice including guidance on stand layout, data capture, staffing and displaying product effectively. While it is no longer mandatory to wear masks within event spaces, organisers are encouraging all attendees to consider wearing masks, especially when in enclosed or crowded spaces.
The full updated Safe & Secure Guidelines can be viewed here
Further details on how to prove Covid-19 status and FAQs can be found here
Hyve Group says further information for international exhibitors and visitors will be provided very soon.