6 March 2020
The text below is based on our current understanding. Please follow the guidance issued from time to time by local, national and international public health authorities.
Based on the current information and guidelines,
Blow Moulding 2020
(the international conference
on innovations and sustainability in plastic bottles and containers)
is set to take place as scheduled,
on 22-24 June, in Brussels, Belgium.
We currently assume, based on the current level of knowledge, that the risks will considerably decrease by 22 June and, in consequence, that most of the restrictions/advice currently in place will be relaxed or lifted. However, we are constantly monitoring the situation and have backup plans in place, in case this assessment will ultimately not hold true.
As organisers – and in collaboration with the management of the conference venue – we have also adopted mitigation measures, aimed at reducing the risk of infection to conference attendees and staff. Please read below for details.
The safety of our attendees, partners and staff is paramount to us.
On the other hand, it is clear that common sense has to be employed and that the business activities should be continued, while at the same time mitigating safety risks. We should be guided by science, not rumours, paranoia or panic.
With that in mind, as conference organisers we will continue to closely monitor and follow the guidelines issued by public health authorities, especially the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), as well as those of the relevant national and local authorities.
A.: As conference organisers, we have carefully examined the guidelines published by WHO and ECDC. We have then communicated with the Venue (Crowne Plaza Brussels) and have jointly decided to put in place the following Mitigation Steps:
We will continue to pay attention to instructions and guidelines issued by public health authorities and, if necessary, will adopt additional precautions.
A.: Here are a few strong suggestions:
A.: WHO advises that no decrease of the risk of infection is achieved through wearing a face mask by people who are not infected. In fact, the mask itself can become a source of infection, if not properly handled and disposed of. Therefore, we do not recommend wearing such a mask.