While CEDIA, the big residential tech show, today announced cancelling its September annual show, ISC West emailed manufacturers saying they will fight on, planning for an October show.
ISC West's explanation makes it sound more like visiting a nuclear waste treatment facility than a show, saying they are considering the following:
- Health questionnaires, non-invasive entry screening and monitoring, including additional medical facilities and response teams;
- Hand sanitizer dispensers deployed throughout exhibit hall and other areas;
- Use of disinfectant products that have been pre-approved and certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use against emerging viruses, bacteria, and other airborne and blood-borne pathogens;
- Sanitization of key touchpoints (such as door handles) during peak periods and regularly throughout the event;
- Modifying the exhibit floor to accommodate physical distancing, capacity limits and traffic flow;
- Modifying all common areas, entrances and exit areas with appropriate physical distancing;
- Transparent barriers where appropriate to provide physical distancing at customer-contact areas and service elements;
- Clear guidelines around booth design and cleaning requirements for all exhibitors and on-site inspections to ensure compliance with those requirements;
- Limiting of conference session capacity and revised layout for appropriate physical distancing with additional time between conference sessions to allow for thorough room cleaning and sanitization;
- No handshakes policy; and
- Requiring the use of face coverings when individuals may not be able to maintain at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others.
Odd approach. Even if they take all these steps and make it 'safe', who wants to do an event like this?
However, this recommendation ("Modifying the exhibit floor to accommodate physical distancing, capacity limits and traffic flow") will be easy to implement with the massive number of exhibitors dropping.