Reliable antigen COVID tests are seen as the key to reopening events, and Singapore is leading the way. A pilot program is set to be introduced this month where attendees of select events will be tested, and only those with a negative test will be allowed to take part in the gathering. UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, and the Society for Independent Show Organizers (SISO) are advocating for such tests saying, “These rapid tests provide the best solution for creating a safe environment to hold managed business events. Rapid testing can be applied pre- and post-flight and at the check-in points for events — replacing the need for people to quarantine if tests are negative. Combined with the existing safety measures around events, this will create a safe and reliable framework for business professionals to engage and can overcome the current impasse that is causing additional economic damage every day.”
In the Lion City, the Singapore International Energy Week taking place in a hybrid form October 26-30 at Marina Bay Sands will be one of the first business gatherings to implement pre-event rapid COVID testing.
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has been perfecting a contactless experience that includes the TraceTogether mobile app for SafeEntry check-ins. This scanning procedure helps with contact tracing and is required for entries and exits to all Singapore establishments, including shopping malls, restaurants and attractions. Facial biometric thermometers at meeting entry points and mobile-app registration on-premises add to STB’s offerings.
“In a world with limited face-to-face business interactions, the human need to connect is being felt more than ever. During these unprecedented times, Singapore is working towards reimagining the future of business events, balancing the need for interaction with health and safety concerns,” explains Rachel Loh, Regional Director, Americas at STB.
Since October 1, Singapore has been gradually resuming business events for up to 250 delegates, after two successful pilot events in August and September for up to 50 delegates. On November 25 and 26, Singapore will also be launching TravelRevive, which will be the first trade show to pilot the newly developed prototype for safe business events, safe itineraries and digital enablers in Singapore. These pilots underscore Singapore’s commitment to restarting business events that are safe, trusted and innovative.
The Singapore Ministry of Health can be reached at www.moh.gov.sg or by calling 800-333-9999.