COVID secure measures

The health and safety of our exhibitors, delegates, speakers, and staff will always be our number one priority. To ensure ISBL comply to COVID-19 secure standards, we will be putting the following measures in place:

Ensure personal safety

  • Events will only run if allowed by UK Government and both ISBL and the venue deem it safe to do so
  • A full risk assessment will be carried out by ISBL and the hotel prior to the event taking place
  • We are working closely with the venue to ensure a safe and controlled environment at the national conference
  • All delegates will be required complete a health and safety questionnaire prior to attendance
  • Attendance at the conference will only be permitted by those registering beforehand – on the day admittance will not be allowed.

Enable physical distancing

  • Introduction of arrow directional signage
  • Larger registration and catering areas (where possible) with floor markings and barriers to distance attendees
  • Time slots for attendees for queue free entry
  • More seating available so delegates can space themselves out in plenaries and workshops
  • Classroom seating where possible
  • Gala dinners: less guests per table. Hand sanitiser on each table
  • Increased distance between stands and aisles.

Increase health and safety measures

  • Sanitising stations in multiple locations of the events with increased effort at high volume touchpoints
  • Microphones will not be shared: Q&A encouraged to use technology
  • Increased frequency of waste disposal in all areas.

Implement crowd control

  • Implement attendee flow management
  • Limit numbers to accommodate social distancing
  • Queue markers on floor
  • Longer lunch and coffee breaks (max number allowed at any one time)
  • Lessen catering queues by offering a bento style or plated lunch option.

Encourage and enforce measures

  • Attendees strongly encouraged to disinfect hands at the registration area before entering the event
  • Enable a no-contact policy (avoid shaking hands)
  • Public health messaging displayed at the event and shared beforehand to all attendees
  • Extra vigilance taken in line with our strict hygiene rules
  • Awareness and training on standard personal preventative measures: personal hygiene, frequency of sanitising of products, etc
  • Encourage exhibitors to send promotional materials electronically.