Coronavirus: Precautions taken by Messe Düsseldorf
The spread of the corona crisis presents us with new challenges every day. We take the concerns of our customers, guests and partners regarding the coronavirus very seriously. You can be sure: There is a high level of hygiene and good medical care at the Düsseldorf exhibition centre as usual.
Following the agreement of the German Government and the States on 15 April 2020 to prohibit major events in principle until 31 August 2020 and the announcement of the NRW state government to allow trade fairs and specialist congresses to take place with the target date of 31 May 2020, we must await concrete regulations from the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the City of Düsseldorf and, if necessary, new decisions from the German Government and the States. We are in direct contact with the authorities.
At the same time, we as a trade fair company must ensure that the high safety and hygiene standards already in place at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre are continuously adapted to the latest findings. A corresponding concept is currently being planned in cooperation with the authorities, associations and partners for all upcoming events. Because the health of our customers, guests and employees is always our top priority. Messe Düsseldorf will provide prompt information on these measures.
In order to help to slow the spread of Covid-19, we are using all available opportunities to work from home. Your contact persons can be reached as usual by phone and e-mail.
Here you can find answers to your questions:
What does Messe Düsseldorf do for prevention?
The medical facilities at the Düsseldorf exhibition centre have the latest information at all times and are well prepared. Messe Düsseldorf provides its guests, partners and members of staff with hand disinfection dispensers in the toilets, washrooms, in the area in front of the trade fair doctor’s office/out-patient facility as well as at the entrance concourses.
The trade fair company has also shortened the cleaning intervals for toilets and washrooms. Contact surfaces (including door handles, handrails and switches) on doors, lifts, staircases and moving walkways are now cleaned daily. Furthermore, Messe Düsseldorf informs all guests, partners and employees about hygiene and prevention tips made by the Federal Office for Health Education on posters.
Messe Düsseldorf is also examining concept adaptations in order to be able to implement the necessary security measures for holding trade fairs.
How do I protect myself as an exhibitor or visitor on site?
The Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) recommends proper hand washing, compliance with the etiquette for coughing and sneezing and – if possible – keeping a 1m distance to ill persons. The BZgA has compiled the following recommendations:
Wash hands regularly
When you return home
Before and while preparing food
After visiting the toilet
After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
Before and after contact with ill persons
After contact with animals
Wash hands thoroughly
Place your hands under running water
Lather hands on all sides
Take 20 to 30 seconds to do so
Rinse hand under running water
Dry hands with a clean towel
Keep hands away from the face and avoid skin contact
Don’t touch your mouth, eyes or nose with unwashed hands
Temporarily forego embracing and shaking hands as a greeting
Coughing and sneezing correctly
Keep a distance and turn away from others when coughing and sneezing
Use a handkerchief or place the crook of your arm over your mouth and nose
Keep a distance when ill
If ill, stay home until healthy
Forego close physical contact as long as you are infectious
Stay in a separate room and use a separate toilet, if possible
Do not share crockery or towels with others
Cover wounds with a bandage
Messe Düsseldorf provides its guests, partners and staff members with hand disinfection dispensers in the toilets, washrooms, in the area in front of the Messe doctor’s surgery/out-patient facility as well as at the entrance concourses.
Messe Düsseldorf has also shortened the cleaning intervals for toilets and washrooms. Contact surfaces (including door handles, handrails and switches) on doors, lifts, staircases and moving walkways are now cleaned daily.
How do I react when I am ill and/or in poor health?
If you have spent time in a risk region over the past two weeks or had contact with a person affected by 2019-nCoV and develop symptoms such as fever and respiratory tract problems within the following two weeks you should see your doctor.
Announce your visit to the doctor’s surgery/hospital and mention that you were in the affected region or in contact with an ill person and are suffering from corresponding symptoms (e.g. fever).
How do I react if a person is obviously ill and/or in poor health?
Report persons suffering from acute breathing difficulties by dialling the emergency number (Messe emergency: +49 211 / 4560 – 111). Try to state – if known – whether the person concerned spent time in a risk region over the past two weeks or was in contact with a confirmed case of 2019-nCoV.
Require the concerned person to sit down and avoid direct physical contact. Try to keep a 1 m distance. Wait for emergency services to arrive – they will take over further care provision.
Further information on the coronavirus can be obtained from the following official bodies: