BiP Solutions, organiser of GO Awards Northern Ireland, takes the health and wellbeing of exhibitors, delegates and all other participants and stakeholders within its events seriously.
We are monitoring developments with the Coronavirus epidemic closely. At this stage, and based on the latest government advice and guidance, we fully expect GO Awards Northern Ireland to go ahead as planned on 10 March 2020.
However, we all have a responsibility to do whatever we can to reduce the spread of Coronavirus. We are working closely with the event venue, partners and other stakeholders to safeguard all participants at GO Awards Northern Ireland; deploying whatever practical measures can be put in place to ensure this.
Examples of measures that we are deploying are:
– Public health messaging displayed and shared before and during the event
– Strengthened hygiene, sanitisation and availability of disinfectants onsite at the venue across all public areas and high-volume touchpoints
– Hand sanitiser dispensers in every toilet around the venue
– Attendees strongly encouraged to disinfect their hands in the registration area before entering the event
– Hand sanitiser wipes/dispensers for all attendees upon entry and exit
– Extra hand sanitising counters to be placed around the venue
– Extra cleaning staff and increased routine checks
– Strict food hygiene rules are already in place, but extra vigilance will be taken with catering
– Enhanced medical support at the venue
– Awareness and training of all staff and suppliers on standard personal preventative measures, eg personal hygiene, frequency of use of sanitising/disinfection products, etc
– Daily liaison with the risk assessment teams
We strongly recommend that you keep yourself informed on the latest advice and guidance from government sources, which will be adhered to in our approach. A good resource for advice is the WHO website https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019, some of which is outlined below.
We will provide further updates as required, but to reiterate, our intention is for GO Awards Northern Ireland to go ahead as planned.
If you have any further questions regarding GO Awards Northern Ireland, please contact our team on 0845 270 7095 or email [email protected]
PROTECTION MEASURES FOR EVERYONE
- Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
- Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
- Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
- Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.Why? National and local authorities will have the most up-to-date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
- Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.Why? National and local authorities will have the most up-to-date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
Source: World Health Organization WHO Q&A on Coronaviruses (COVID-19) of 23 February 2020