FIBO will kick off with comprehensive hygiene and safety measures. Measures to be undertaken include state-of-the-art guidance systems, enlarged areas and a correspondingly adapted number of visitors as well as gapless contact tracing. With this move we are putting your safety centrestage.
We put up disinfectant dispensers at all important points around the premises. High-touch surfaces (e.g. counters, tables, handrails) are cleaned more frequently.
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FACE MASKS ARE MANDATORY
FIBO – unless you are seated at e.g. exhibition stands or food service establishments.
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SUFFICIENT AIR HANDLING
The exhibition facilities of Koelnmesse are equipped with state-of-the-art air-handling systems that permit separate exhaust air and supply air handling.
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HYGIENE IN SANITARY FACILITIES
The sanitary facilities are cleaned at very short intervals. Sufficient distance for hand washing and sanitising equipment is ensured.
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CONTACTLESS PATHS THROUGH THE PREMISES
All doors with the exception of fire protection doors will remain open to reduce contact with surfaces.
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NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS AT THE EXHIBITION CENTRE
Via online registration and online tickets we constantly keep an eye on the number of visitors and ensure the minimum distance of 1.5 m is always maintained.
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ENLARGEMENT OF AREA
If need be, we will study and plan for enlarging the space for FIBO. This allows us to provide more room for movement for visitors and exhibitors and to safeguard the required safety distance.
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ADAPTATION OF AISLE WIDTH AND TRAFFIC AREAS
In advance we will define the aisle width and traffic areas for FIBO in such a way that the minimum distance of 1.5 m can be maintained.
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MEASURES AT CONFERENCES
Conferences, workshops and lectures form an integral part of FIBO. To protect all participants we will also adjust the seating arrangements and number of seats here. We will not offer any standing areas and will mark separate access and exit routes, if necessary.
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SUFFICIENT ROOM AT ENTRANCE AND WAITING AREAS
The access situation has been individually adapted to FIBO and we calculate entering speeds and maximum number of persons for each one of our entrances. We also assume the minimum distance for waiting areas.
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In the interest of safe trade show operations the minimum distance of 1.5m shall also apply to exhibition stands.
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HANDLING BUSINESS APPOINTMENTS
To protect the health of all the minimum distance of 1.5m should also be maintained during business appointments foregoing physical contact and shaking hands.
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Disinfectants must be made available at each exhibition stand; surfaces must be cleaned at regular intervals and/or after each appointment.
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Unfortunately, we will have to forego any party-like events at exhibition stands during Corona times.
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We will use technical tools to help us monitor, and if need be regulate, the spread of trade show participants and visitor flows at all times.
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DIGITAL GUIDANCE SYSTEMS
Across a large part of the Cologne Exhibition Centre we already use Koelnmesse’s digital guidance system. It allows us to disseminate information in a targeted manner at important hotspots and to draw attention to current regulations.
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TRADE SHOW EVENTS
Each event to be held at the Exhibition Centre is checked for its feasibility by Koelnmesse. Unfortunately, we have to forego party-like events in times of Corona.
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INDIVIDUAL DESIGN OF HUBS
We know the hubs where queues can form and an increased number of visitors can gather. There will be special rules for cloakrooms, bag search, turnstiles, info counters, parking meters and lifts.
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TRACING BY COMPLETE REGISTRATION OF ALL PARTICIPANTS
All trade show participants have already registered by purchasing their tickets online and/or their exhibitor passes in the run-up to the event to obtain their access authorisation. This means we ensure that Reed Exhibitions can quickly identify any contact persons in the event of a Corona infection.
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Tickets will be exclusively sold online. Tickets are available on mobile devices and allow contactless access.
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Our food service partner has drawn up an extensive concept for food services provided inside the halls and for stand catering that complies with legal requirements. This includes measures such as contactless payment.
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We offer various digital services to bring our customers together not only at the Exhibition Centre but also virtually. Each event offers it exhibitors and visitors a wide variety of options for digital trade show participation.
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Properly qualified medical services are available on site at any time.
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STAYING IN COLOGNE
To also guarantee your safety and health outside the Exhibition Centre as best as possible we closely cooperate with the Cologne hospitality sector. Hotels are obliged to implement the hygiene and infection protection standards currently in force as part of the North Rhine-Westphalian Corona Protection Ordinance.
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The hygiene and infection protection standarts in force at the time of the event an especially the regulatory and official provisions an administrative orders as well as the ordes by the organisers and the local trade fair company shall be compiled with and followed. BE SAFE. STAY HEALTHY. (Updated: 19.06.2020)
All Koelnmesse exhibition halls are equipped with modern ventilation systems. The supply air is supplied fresh from outside in a duct system that is separate from the exhaust air. The used exhaust air is discharged separately to the outside so that aerosols cannot spread through our ventilation systems.
Admission to the fairgrounds is only permitted with mouth-and-nose protection. Our hostesses will provide visitors and exhibitors with a mouth-and-nose protection at the entrances if they do not have their own. Additional mouth-and-nose protection masks can be purchased in the Koelnmesse Shops on the exhibition grounds (as well as disinfectants). However, we recommend all exhibitors to equip themselves with these masks at their stands.
Trade fair events in times of corona are subject to the Corona Protection Ordinance. According to this regulation, it must be ensured that the minimum distances can be maintained on the exhibition grounds and at the exhibition stands. The organiser Reed Exhibitions Deutschland GmbH is responsible for ensuring compliance on the exhibition site and the stand operator is also responsible for compliance on the stand. Official inspections may be necessary. In the event of overcrowding of exhibition stands, Reed Exhibitions GmbH or one of its responsible service providers will ask the respective stand operator to limit or regulate the number of people on the stand accordingly. In the event of non-compliance despite advice and requests, further measures may be necessary up to the closure of the stand.
Yes, all exhibitors, visitors, service providers, Koelnmesse employees, Reed Exhibitions Deutschland GmbH and other partners will receive a personalised ticket or admission pass as part of the registration process. In principle, every person is already obliged to carry a document proving their identity (e.g. identity card, passport). If necessary, this can be used to compare the personalised ticket and the person.
The Corona Protection Ordinance provides for a general obligation to wear mouth and nose protection at trade fairs. Mouth and nose protectors can be removed at seating positions (e.g. at the exhibition stand or in the catering trade or outdoors, provided that minimum distances are observed). According to current medical assessment, full or partial face shields are not a substitute for mouth and nose protectors, as aerosols are only partially retained. Visibility visors are therefore only permitted in tested individual cases (e.g. in the case of demonstrable health problems of the wearer in the case of mouth-nose protection or product presentations that require regular removal and application of the mouth-nose protection on a permanent basis).
It cannot be assumed that the current trade fair will be cancelled. The first step would be a traceability check of the contact points. At FIBO, the regulations on spacing and the duty to protect the mouth and nose apply, so if the regulations are complied with, first-degree contact persons according to RKI criteria are not to be expected.
Conferences, workshops and lectures are an essential part of FIBO and will also be offered in 2021. For the protection of all participants we will adjust the seating and number of seats. We will not offer standing room and will determine separate entrances and exits as far as necessary. Conferences, workshops and lectures will take place on the designated and designed areas in the halls, as well as in separate rooms within the congress centres.
No, Reed Exhibitions GmbH does not measure the temperature of exhibitors or visitors at the entrance. The general rule of the Corona Protection Ordinance applies, i.e. that it is not permitted to enter the exhibition grounds with relevant symptoms of illness (in particular symptoms of colds, diarrhoea, bad taste). This will be indicated at the entrances and during the online ticketing process.
The general rule of the Corona Protection Ordinance applies, i.e. that it is not permitted to enter the exhibition grounds with relevant symptoms of illness (in particular cold symptoms, diarrhoea, lack of taste). This is indicated at the entrances.
Our partner, Koelnmesse, is currently in intensive talks to establish a rapid test facility. Due to the fact that clarification points are still open throughout Germany, we are currently unable to provide any further information here. If we have any further information, you can find it here.
Meeting rooms may be set up. As far as seating is concerned, care must be taken to ensure that either the generally applicable distance regulations (1.5m) are observed when sitting or to different seating groups. Alternatively, screens (e.g. screens on tables or screens between tables) can be used if the distances are to be reduced (dimensions: above head height when sitting or standing at standing tables). The meeting rooms must not be closed at the top if they are also closed at the sides to ensure adequate ventilation.
The number of people allowed depends on the size of the stand and the individual furnishings of the stand. It is therefore not possible to make a general statement without further ado and is essentially dependent on the freely accessible stand area (view of the stand from above) and the number of available seats in the case of supplementary seats/meeting places. The maximum number of persons can be calculated roughly on the basis of 1 person per 4 sqm of freely accessible area. Additional seating (e.g. at conference tables) may be available. However, this flat-rate approach may be higher in individual cases due to additional measures (e.g. screening between seats). Please note that the maximum number of persons on the stand must be regulated by appropriate measures.
The usual minimum distance regulations apply to persons on the stand. According to these regulations, it must be ensured that a minimum distance of 1.50 m between persons can be maintained. By taking additional measures (e.g. use of shields such as Plexiglas panels at seats of sufficient height/width), the distances can be reduced to a minimum.
There are no objections to the exchange of business cards, as only two different people are affected. This applies as long as the stand personnel observe regular hand hygiene (e.g. regular hand washing) and visitors are offered disinfection facilities at the stand.
For the protection of all trade show participants, there is an obligation to wear masks at FIBO for all persons. Mouth and nose protection can be taken off at seating areas (e.g. at exhibition stands or in the catering trade) or on the outdoor grounds, as long as the rules governing distances from different and unrelated persons (groups) are observed. At the entrance areas, our hostesses will provide visitors and exhibitors with mouth and nose protection if none is available. Furthermore, there is the possibility to purchase additional masks (as well as disinfectants) in the Koelnmesse shops on the exhibition grounds. However, we recommend all exhibitors to equip themselves with these masks at their stands.