SIAL Paris goes forward with the event
SIAL Paris may remain on schedule (October 18-22), as the French government has already given the go-ahead for the resumption of events from early September, announced the organizers in a press release. "Coming at the end of 6 months of quiet business, SIAL Paris will constitute, perhaps more significantly than ever, the major global event for the industry from 18 to 22 October 2020: as a catalyst for business and an acknowledged melting pot for worldwide innovation, SIAL Paris will kick off the recovery of food exports all over the world", mentioned Nicolas Trentesaux, General Director, SIAL Network.
Most of the events prepared for the food industry this spring have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and there were discussions about going ahead with international events planned for this autumn, such as SIAL Paris.
For this editions "unprecedented measure" will be put in place to ensure the safety of both exhibitors and visitors. "We are carefully preparing a range of different "public health" scenarios to be able to welcome everyone in the safest conditions. Numerous measures are being studied, some more technical and linked to the rigorous management of flows, some more visible and directly linked to the implementation of barrier gestures: wearing of masks, systematic hand washing (hand sanitizer), disinfection and ventilation of spaces, badge digitalisation, a temperature-taking gantry.. We are also studying special arrangements to organise tastings specific to our sector: individual portions and packaging, slicing on demand, hermetically-sealed dustbins, etc. Finally, access to the exhibition centre (cars, taxis, RER) will be governed by the measures put in place by the Ile de France regional authority", added Mr. Trentesaux.
At the beginning of the week, the World Health Organisation launched a warning about a possible second wave in the COVID-19 crisis. During a media briefing on Monday, Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, said right now, we are “right in the middle of the first wave, globally."
“We're still very much in a phase where the disease is actually on the way up. We cannot make assumptions that just because the disease is on the way down now that it's going to keep going down, and the way to get a number of months to get ready for a second wave – we may get a second peak in this way," he added, according to CNN. Ryan warned that a second peak or wave could come during the normal influenza season, “which will greatly complicate things for disease control.”
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