IBEX 2021: “A Shared Responsibility Initiative”

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Ahead of next month’s International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference, organizers have released updated measures — including a request that masks be worn by all in attendance, regardless of vaccination status — to ensure a successful and safe event.

The new protocols were released in response to the sharp spike in Covid-19 cases in Florida.

“The safety and security of IBEX visitors and exhibitors is our top priority, and the IBEX team is committed to creating an event experience where our customers, partners and employees can safely and effectively conduct business,” said show director Anne Dunbar in a statement. “We believe that by establishing new Covid-19 protocols, IBEX 2021 can take place live and in-person.”

To limit on-site contact, show organizers are encouraging all visitors and exhibitors to pre-register before arriving at the Tampa Convention Center. Registrants’ Express Pass will then be emailed a week prior to the show, which then should be printed and brought to the show.

In addition, all in attendance must be symptom-free to enter the show. A self-assessment test can be found here.

On-site, traffic flow management and seating has been reworked to allow for social distancing. Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the event space as well as updated health and safety signage with current Tampa Convention Center protocols.

Click here for full details on IBEX health and safety protocols.

To further ensure a safe event, the Tampa Convention Center has said it has been granted Global Biorisk Advisory Council STAR accreditation, considered the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention. 


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