The show will go on.
Informa Markets announced enhanced health and safety standards for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show as a result of the continuing coronavirus pandemic. The show is scheduled for Oct. 28-Nov. 1.
Informa will implement its “AllSecure” guidelines, which were drafted in coordination with local and federal health officials and authorities, vendors, suppliers, contractors and other groups that partner with Informa to stage large events.
“The health and safety of our staff, exhibitors, visitors and community remains our number one priority,” Andrew Doole, president of Informa Markets U.S. boat shows, said in a statement. “We also recognize the importance of our boat shows to the local and state economy and the marine industry at large. Since the inception of the pandemic, we have been focused on a plan that prioritizes safety and an exceptional visitor experience so that every person who attends our events can do so safely and with confidence.”
AllSecure follows standards set by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council — an international organization composed of leaders in the fields of “pathogenic threat analysis, mitigation, response and recovery” — which include deep cleaning protocols before, during and after each day.
This includes “complete overnight disinfection, electrostatic sprayers with EPA biodegradable disinfectants and continuous sanitation throughout the course of the boat show, with a focus on high-touch areas such as door handles, restrooms, and food and beverage areas,” Informa said.
AllSecure includes “10 Key Commitments” grouped into four areas:
• cleaning and hygiene countermeasures
• physical distancing
• protect and detect
Included under these measures are handwashing and sanitizing stations throughout the event, signage and floor markings to ensure social distancing, non-contact registration and ticket sales, and traffic mitigation.
In addition, all attendees and people working the show will be required to wear masks and will have their temperature taken.
Phil Purcell, CEO and president of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, said these measures will ensure a successful show. “Informa’s standards and guidelines, coupled with the show’s seven sites and nearly 90 acres of outdoor space, will allow every guest and exhibitor to feel confident and safe.”
Doole said organizers are prepared to amend the protocols as needed.
“We are adjusting to the new normal and remain flexible and prepared to adapt quickly if need be, given rapidly changing conditions, policies and guidelines,” he said. “We are excited to bring the marine community and boating enthusiasts back together in October and are moving full steam ahead to a robust boat show season.”