CONEXPO: Show management protocols to address coronavirus concerns

March 4, 2020

Show organizers are encouraging a "no handshake" policy on site

With recent news about global health concerns tied to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the CONEXPO-CON/AGG show management team says they are doing everything necessary to put attendee and exhibitor health, safety, and comfort at the forefront in Las Vegas next week.

“We recognize news about COVID-19 is a concern and we want to be as transparent as possible about what we are doing to provide a safe and successful experience for everyone at the show,” Dana Wuesthoff, CONEXPO-CON/AGG show director, said in a statement.

Some of the protocols the show management team is implementing include increasing deployment of hand sanitizer stations across the show floor, grounds and meeting rooms, and increasing the cleaning schedule of all public areas.

CONEXPO organizers are also encouraging a "no handshake" policy on site at the show. The management team has arranged for "no handshake" buttons and stickers to be distributed around the show. Additionally, large signs will be visible throughout the show to remind everyone of hygiene best practices and guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

“We know how much a solid handshake can mean to engender trust and bonding between two people discussing major business decisions,” Wuesthoff added. “But in the interest of keeping everyone as healthy as possible, we want to impress upon everyone that it’s okay to replace that custom with something as simple as a thumbs-up, a wave, a fist or elbow bump, or even the exchange of mobile phone numbers.”

More information about the steps the show management is taking to address coronavirus and health concerns can be found on the CONEXPO website.