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Organisers of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show have announced their intention to host this year's show in November - subject to government approval.
Clarion Events have said plans are in place to run the event at Birmingham's NEC from 13 to 15 November, with mandatory temperature checks for both visitors and exhibitors, extended opening hours and wider aisles.
“There's no one that wants this event to happen more than us,” says Show Director Lee Masters. “As a team, we've brainstormed and created working groups to look at everything we need to do to keep all our visitors, clubs and traders safe but still put on the show they love as soon as we get the green light from government. It may look and feel different to previous years, but we’re all getting used to a ‘new normal’ in the wake of Covid-19.
“Clarion Events is one of the biggest exhibition organisers in the world and has collaborated with other event industry leaders to create the All Secure Standard, a document that outlines all the measures required for an event to be able to open its doors. The companies have brought together all their knowledge and gone through every step of the visitor and exhibitor journey, to help everyone feel confident that they are in as safe and secure an environment as possible.”
The document focuses on what the organisers see as the four main areas of concern – physical distancing, cleaning & hygiene countermeasures, protect & detect, and communication.
Lee continued: “We’re having to plan as if the show is in a few weeks rather than months because it's far easier to ease the restrictions as the government guidelines change than it is to implement measures at a later date.”
The organisers are looking at extending the show opening times but allocating a dedicated time for entrance, along with a specific hall from which to enter the show. This will reduce the amount of people arriving at the venue at the same time, with shuttle buses running with managed capacities and controlled volumes in the communal areas. On arrival, all visitors and exhibitors will undergo mandatory temperature checks, with isolation rooms available for anyone showing signs of concern.
There will be a queuing system to enter the halls, which will each operate in a one-way direction similar to that of a supermarket to avoid packed aisles. The floorplan has been reviewed to introduce widened aisles to ensure visitors can view the displays while maintaining physical-distancing guidelines. Hand-sanitiser stations will be at all entrance points, with exhibitors and clubs also offering sanitiser on their stands.
In terms of the clubs, there will be a limit on how many cars can be accommodated to allow for the increased aisle space, and they will be encouraged to reduce the number of people working on their stands so it doesn’t obstruct the visitors interacting with them.
The venue will have an enhanced cleaning regime throughout the event, and exhibitors will need to thoroughly clean their stands each day. Catering will be ‘grab & go’, payments by card will be preferable, and visitors are advised to wear masks if possible.
“The team is currently working on the floorplan and would like to thank the clubs for their patience during this process, as I know they're already itching to plan their stands,” Lee added. “I’d also like to thank all the traders for their support of the show. They’re as desperate to trade as we are for the doors to open, so we're working together to make that happen.
“Our motto has become ‘Wheel Meet Again!’ You will see this used on our social media channels as we start sharing our favourite memories of the NEC show from previous years. And we invite visitors, clubs and traders to do the same! Just use the hashtag #wheelmeetagain so we can find them. This is not just about seeing the stunning cars on display, it's is about reuniting our community and bringing friends together.”
For further information, visit necclassicmotorshow.com
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