How are we making the event safe?



In response to COVID-19, the implementation of enhanced measures will provide our audience with the assurance and confidence that our events have health and safety as our number one priority.

Below, we have summarised the best practice guide for organising and delivering trade shows and exhibitions of all sizes, in all locations ensuring the health and safety of attendees.

This outlines the framework we are researching and working to. Our specific plans and actions for GSOF Symposium Europe 2022 will be communicated in due course by the show team.


In collaboration with other global event organisers, Clarion Events, one of the world’s largest events businesses, has drafted a programme of enhanced safety measures to reduce the risk caused by COVID-19. The ‘All Secure Standard’ will allow us to demonstrate that we are focused on being able to hold and make our events safe in this new era. Measures are broken down into four key areas outlined below.

1) Physical Distancing

Physical DistancingMeasures include:

  • Controlled crowd density
  • Eliminating handshakes
  • Staggered admission
  • Enhanced visitor quality
  • Logical visitor flow
  • Revised seating arrangements
  • Pre-packaged food and beverages
  • Contactless registration



2) Cleaning & Hygiene Countermeasures

CleaningGuidance includes:

  • Venue deep-cleaning
  • Increased cleaning frequency
  • Ambient environmental controls
  • Enhanced waste management
  • Compulsory stand cleaning
  • Hand sanitiser stations
  • AV equipment disinfection



3) Protect & Detect

Protect and DetectGuidance includes:

  • Contact tracing
  • Temperature screening
  • Enhanced medical support
  • Quarantine area
  • Emergency response plans
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Compulsory facemasks
  • Employee screening



4) Communication

CommunicationGuidance includes:

  • Messaging via show website and emails
  • Updated exhibitor manuals
  • Public addresses during show
  • Improved event signage
  • Pre-show updates 



Next Steps

The ALL SECURE STANDARD will factor in any new elements or changes to government guidelines and we will look to come up with a series of checklists and information sheets for participants.

The first of these will outline what we, as the organisers, will be implementing in conjunction with the venue and our contractors. The additional checklists will then be produced for each of our audience groups outlining what we need you to do – whether it’s as a delegate needing to bring a facemask to wear at all times or an exhibitor adapting your stand design to incorporate physical distancing and the correct cleaning protocols. These will be circulated to you as soon as the details are finalised so you can incorporate all elements into your event plans.

We will be closely monitoring the international travel situation, and will ensure that we provide a regular update on travel arrangements to and from Hungary as and when we receive it. We anticipate that by next October, air travel will be readily available between most European and many international destinations. We will aim to share as much travel information as we can but also ask that you keep abreast of your individual country's advisories and guidelines. 

Ongoing Support

We know how important it is for you to generate new business and meet with your existing customers, so we are committed to delivering an event that meets those needs, in the best possible format, while maintaining the health and safety requirements outlined above.

We are working hard to bring you together in Budapest, and will update you on a regular basis with any developments. If you have any queries or concerns you would like to discuss, please contact event director Tracy Bebbington