denkmal 2020: Advisory Board Extremely Pleased with Approved Hygiene Concept
As denkmal 2020 approaches, Europe's leading trade fair for conservation, restoration and old building renovation has reached three important milestones. With the Corona Protection Ordinance of 3 June 2020 issued by the Saxon state government, which expressly permits trade fairs and congresses with an approved hygiene concept, the first important step was taken. Leipziger Messe then took the second step in developing these concepts. They have been examined and approved by the Public Health Office of the City of Leipzig. The third important milestone was achieved when the denkmal advisory board expressly declared itself in support of denkmal 2020 and praised the protective measures that had been developed.
"denkmal 2020 will take place as planned. The approval of our hygiene concept by the Public Health Office is a big step forward, because it gives those involved greater certainty in planning. Protecting the health and safety of our exhibitors, visitors, customers and employees remains our top priority. We shouldn't forget: If anyone can hold larger events while ensuring hygienic standards, it is trade fair and congress organisers” explains Markus Geisenberger, Managing Director of Leipziger Messe.
Determining the number of visitors is fundamental to ensuring that all events are carried out in a safe manner. The Leipziger Messe has developed a guideline in conjunction with the Public Health Office of the City of Leipzig. This allows flexible control of visitor numbers and gives exhibitors and customers certainty in planning. The Leipziger Messe hygiene concept focuses on three core requirements: maintaining a distance of 1.5 meters, complying with hygiene standards and contact tracing.
denkmal visitors will receive their ticket digitally via the online ticket shop, which will be available starting in September 2020. As part of the online ticket purchase, attendees will be registered to ensure any necessary contact tracing. In the exhibition hall and in the Congress Center Leipzig (CCL), participants will find extensive protective measures such as hand disinfectant dispensers. In addition, the halls have very powerful ventilation systems. They will be operated with an increased volume of air from the outside, which enables a constant air exchange.
Floor markings will be used and route guidance systems will be arranged to support the distance rule with a minimum distance of 1.5 metres and to equalise queues. Organisational measures will be used to avoid high levels of crowd density. For example, the main exhibition aisles will be expanded to a minimum width of 4 metres. As the minimum distance cannot be maintained in the sanitary facilities, the number of visitors admitted at the same time will be limited. Protective masks are mandatory. Hygiene regulations supplement the technical guidelines for the construction and operation of the exhibition stands. At lecture events, the distances between the chairs will be increased.
The Advisory Board stands behind denkmal 2020
At the meeting of the denkmal advisory board on 22 June 2020, the hygiene concept was presented to the members and met with broad approval. Furthermore, there was broad agreement that denkmal as the most important event for the industry should definitely take place. The signs are positive: Exhibitors registrations are increasing and numerous specialist events have already been confirmed.
“We are pleased that, despite the current situation, we have been able to create a reliable framework of conditions that ensure that denkmal 2020 will go ahead as planned. The entire industry shows responsibility in its day-to-day work by working to preserve cultural heritage. We as trade fair organisers assume responsibility for the health and safety of all our exhibitors and visitors. Together, we are now making sure that denkmal 2020 will be one of the first trade fairs in Germany to be held during the pandemic. The industry thus takes on a catalytic function,” explains Gerhard Ohmacht, Executive Director of Leipziger Messe.
Prof Dr Markus Harzenetter, Chairman of the Advisory Board and the Association of State Monument Conservationists in the Federal Republic of Germany (VDL), is also pleased: "The denkmal Advisory Board is unanimously behind the decision to hold denkmal 2020: A very carefully thought-out hygiene concept will allow the long-awaited face-to-face meetings between exhibitors and visitors as well as the intensive professional exchange. In these difficult times, denkmal sends an optimistic signal to all those involved in the preservation of our cultural heritage. And with this, the monument conservation department once again proves that it is a part of the future, not a nostalgic occupation of the past."
There is also encouragement from within the industry. Ralph-Uwe Johann, Managing Director of Deffner & Johann, praised the existing planning security: "I am very pleased that the Leipziger Messe has offered a way forward for the design and implementation of trade fairs with its hygiene concept. As Europe's leading trade fair for conservation, restoration and old building renovation, denkmal 2020 will benefit from this. As an exhibitor from the very beginning, we can now also plan our participation in 2020. We will adapt our stand concept to the requirements and are sure that a fruitful exchange with the trade visitors will be possible, numerous innovations and innovative solutions will be presented and at the same time the safety and distance recommendations can be adhered to."
denkmal, Europe's leading trade fair for conservation, restoration and old building renovation, presents products and services in all areas of repair, inventory, conservation, restoration, renovation and reconstruction. It has been held biannually since 1994 and invites the international industry to the Leipzig Convention Centre. In addition to the interdisciplinary exhibitor mix, visitors to the trade fair can expect a high-calibre, international conference programme. 447 exhibitors from 19 countries showcased products and services at denkmal 2018. The conference programme featured around 200 events catering to an interested audience. The 13th edition of the trade fair attracted 14,200 visitors (together with MUTEC). The international trade fair for museum and exhibition technology MUTEC and the trade fair Lehmbau take place at the same time as denkmal.
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