The upcoming MWC Barcelona event will proceed as planned, though precautionary measures will be put in place. That’s the main message of a GSMA statement on the coronavirus and its effect on MWC Barcelona 2020.
The GSMA says that it is monitoring and assessing the potential impact of the coronavirus on the event.
Among measures in place, the GSMA will carefully follow and adhere not only to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recommendations, but to all applicable Chinese government recommendations, all Spanish health authority recommendations and all police/health recommendations and protocols. It will also provide additional medical personnel for on-site support in the run-up to and during the event.
Importantly too, the show venue will be involved. The GSMA will work with Fira de Barcelona to ensure that there are sufficient sanitising products throughout all venues and implement other activity in line with recommendations from its city partners. There will also be support for exhibitors who may not be able to travel to MWC.
The GSMA is also urging exhibitors and attendees to follow its example by implementing appropriate guidelines and protocols to contain and mitigate against any further spread of the virus.
It’s arguably the case that many countries’ efforts will limit the virus risk well before the show starts. Quarantine plans have already been announced by a number of countries for citizens returning from affected areas, and some airlines have cancelled or suspended flights to and from mainland China. Within China itself nationals are facing travel restrictions, while Wuhan, the centre of the coronavirus outbreak, is to all intents and purposes, in a state of lockdown.
The upshot of which is that MWC, taking place from 24-27 February in multiple venues, goes on, but that it is strongly recommended that all involved keep abreast of events and advice, for which information the best source remains the WHO website.