Partner Updates for MWC's health and safety plan, Committed Community
24 March 2021, London: The GSMA has shared further details of its health and safety plan, Committed Community, for MWC21 Barcelona. Committed Community was launched earlier this month, and as promised, the organisation is sharing further details on creating a safe environment for the event taking place 28 June – 1 July 2021 in Barcelona.
Committed Community takes a multi-layered approach to health and safety, and it impacts everyone involved in the event. Developed in coordination with and approved by Catalan health authorities, the plan relies on several partners with specialised expertise. The GSMA and Fira de Barcelona are delighted to share that Quirónprevención is the official medical services provider for MWC Barcelona 2021. The internationally trusted company is headquartered in Barcelona. It will work with the GSMA, Fira de Barcelona, and all MWC21 stakeholders to ensure everyone's health and safety involved for MWC21. Quirónprevención will staff the onsite medical testing facilities and coordinate with Catalan health authorities. More information on Quirónprevención can be found here, https://www.quironprevencion.com/en/ .
"We have always taken safety at MWC Barcelona very seriously and are continuing to work with partners and experts to help build confidence in a return to in-person events," said John Hoffman, CEO GSMA Ltd. "The GSMA, alongside Fira de Barcelona, are pleased to bring Quirónprevención on board, and with their local knowledge, we are committed to delivering a safe and enjoyable MWC21 experience."
As part of the GSMA's efforts to limit the impact of the MWC21 event on city resources and infrastructure, they will also work with Quirónprevención to set up testing centres around Barcelona. More details on testing and locations will follow in the coming weeks.
Emilio Conde, Key Accounts Director at Quirónprevención added, “Since the outbreak of the pandemic, we have worked tirelessly with customers and partners to ensure safe experiences".
The plan also relies on everyone involved in the show contributing to a safe environment by:
- Complying with testing protocols and updating results every 72 hours
- Completing daily health questionnaires in the My MWC app
- Making regular use of the 1,300 disinfectant dispensers placed around the venue, wearing a FFP2 (Filtering Facepiece Respirators) mask and adhering to social distancing requirements
This plan builds on the Protocol on Safety and Prevention against COVID-19 currently being implemented by Fira de Barcelona to deliver operations on site, creating a health and safety response that safeguards everyone involved.
An additional safety net from our trusted partner, Fira Barcelona
We are also pleased to share an additional safety net for international attendees. Our partner, Fira de Barcelona, is providing contingency health insurance related to Covid-19 for the entire duration of MWC21, including official build-up and dismantle days. Details will be shared in the coming weeks.
Caring for the needs of the MWC ecosystem in changing circumstances
We appreciate that not everyone will attend in-person so, MWC21 Barcelona will be a hybrid event for the first time. The in-person and virtual options are provided so that all friends of MWC Barcelona can attend and participate in a way that works for them.
Especially for our Exhibitors and Sponsors, as you evaluate your participation in MWC, we have worked on options and developed ways to modify your MWC experience. To discuss these options in further detail, contact your account manager or [email protected].
Planning in a pandemic is complicated. Global circumstances remain dynamic, and so we must behave accordingly, which means constant evaluation and fine-tuning. We are adapting as necessary whilst leading consistently with our role as convenors of a critical ecosystem. We are grateful to count so many leaders as part of our loyal MWC family, and respecting the considerations and resources required to participate in an event like this; we remain committed to communicating frequently.
About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators with almost 400 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces the industry-leading MWC events held annually in Barcelona, Africa, Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well as the Thrive Series of regional conferences.
For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at www.gsma.com. Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.
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