Important Information COVID-19
As of 15 March, 2020
Exhibitions and Trade Fairs (ETF) and the Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association are closely monitoring the ongoing advice and guidance regarding COVID-19 issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Australian Government and local health authorities.
At this time, AUSPACK 2021 will proceed as planned.
We wish to assure our attendees that their health and safety is paramount and as such, we have implemented additional measures around hygiene and safe food practices to reduce risk. This will include the implementation of sanitising stations, additional and regular cleaning services, public health messaging, and onsite medical support.
To help promote the safety of all patrons, the following measures in regards to hygiene and safe food practices will be adopted:
- Implementation of sanitizing stations at high-touch points; event entrances, catering areas, stages, main aisle intersections and on large stands.
- Additional cleaning services to ensure high-contact areas are being sanitized on a regular basis:
- Cleaning of hand rails,
- Cleaning of ticket box windows and ledges.
- Cleaning of ticket scanning stations and registration equipment (keyboards & touch screens).
- Replenishment of restroom consumables (soap/paper towels).
- Cleaning of catering area tables and seating.
- Cleaning of feature areas including the sanitization of microphones, lecterns and handheld microphones.
- Installation of prominent health and hygiene signage requesting that all patrons clean their hands as they enter the event.
- Promotion of public health and hygiene messaging shared with all patrons in pre-event communications. Messaging will state that if patrons are feeling unwell, they should refrain from attending the event and to seek medical advice.
- Appointment of onsite First Aider and onsite medical support.
As further instruction becomes available we will continue to update our plan.
If you are exhibiting at AUSPACK 2021, we suggest you consider implementing further measures to reduce risk for and amongst your team:
- Where possible avoid physical greetings and contact (handshakes)
- Encourage the regular washing of hands.
- Avoid activities that could promote the transfer of germs such as communal confectionary bowls and lolly giveaways.
- Ensure all surfaces and products being frequently touched are being wiped down regularly.
- Have a supply of tissues, sanitiser and disinfectant wipes available on stands.
- Ensure ETF is notified immediately if any member of your team feels unwell. Insist staffs that are unwell to remain at home.
ETF encourages the community to follow the recommendations of the World Health Organisation as standard to reduce exposure to and the transmission of COVID-19 including:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if your hands are not visibly dirty, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet.
- When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- Avoid hand-shaking and maintain distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. If you have a fever, cough and or difficulty breathing, please seek medical care.
- Avoid the consumption of raw or under cooked animal products.
If you do not feel well, please do not travel and do not attend the event.
You do not need to wear a mask to this event if you are healthy. While the use of masks can help to prevent transmission of disease from infected patients to others, masks are not currently recommended for use by healthy members of the public for the prevention of infections like COVID-19.
Please find below further relevant resources and links:
The Australian Government Department of Health are actively monitoring the COVID-19 and providing daily updates via their website: https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov
Basic protective measures against the virus: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
The Australian Government Department of Health’s isolation guide: https://health.govcms.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-isolation-guidance
Alternatively, please call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.
We will keep you informed on any further developments as the event approaches. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.
As of 13 March, 2020
Exhibitions and Trade Fairs (ETF) is closely monitoring the ongoing advice and guidance regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus issued by the Australian Government, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and local health authorities.
The health and safety of our staff, exhibitors, suppliers, clients and patrons is paramount.
We look forward to continuing to present our event schedule, including AUSPACK 2021, and delivering successful events for our partners and clients.
ETF remains vigilant and understands COVID-19 as a fluid situation that will continue to be watched closely.
The advice of the authorities and health professionals will be followed in the planning and execution of all events, with all required measures to be implemented. These measures will include public health messaging shared pre-event and during the event, and strengthened hygiene, sanitization and disinfectant availability.
ETF encourages the community to follow the recommendations of the Australian Government, the World Health Organisation and local health authorities and as standard to reduce exposure to and the transmission of COVID-19.
Should you feel unwell, seek immediate medical assistance and reconsider your attendance at any event. In the following scenarios, we ask that you please refrain from attending an event:
- left, or transited through mainland China in the last 14 days (please isolate yourself for 14 days from leaving mainland China)
- left, or transited through Iran on or after 1 March (please isolate yourself until 14 days after leaving Iran)
- been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus in the last 14 days (please isolate yourself for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case).
For further information on isolation please consult:
For information on protecting yourself and hand and respiratory hygiene please consult:
For further advice, please call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.