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New framework for Singapore business events to resume safely; STB to trial hybrid events

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The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has developed a risk management framework for business events with up to 50 attendees, as it prepares for the safe resumption of business-to-business (B2B) events in the coming months.

THE Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has developed a risk management framework for business events with up to 50 attendees, as it prepares for the safe resumption of business-to-business (B2B) events in the coming months.

B2B events refer to meetings, conventions, exhibitions and trade shows, which have been put on hold since March 2020. 

STB will trial the new framework with two pilot "hybrid" events before gradually scaling up to other events and event organisers afterwards. Hybrid formats will have a mix of face-to-face and virtual interactions.

The two events are the 2020 IEEE International Conference on Computational Electromagnetics, which runs from Aug 24 to 26, 2020, as well as the Asia Pacific MedTech Virtual Forum 2020, to be held on Sept 24, 2020.

Each event will feature a maximum of 50 onsite attendees along with about 1,000 attendees participating virtually across both events.

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STB's Safe Business Event Risk Management Framework takes into consideration the event risk profile and readiness of event organisers and the event venues in mitigating risks associated with the events.

STB said event organisers and event venues must demonstrate readiness and capabilities to implement a set of safe management measures which will meet five outcomes needed for the resumption of B2B events in a safe and controlled manner. 

These outcomes are infection control measures for every stage of an event attendee's journey (pre to post-event), limits on crowd density, limits on close contact between individuals, ensuring a safe and clean environment, as well as preparing for Covid-19-related emergencies.

To provide further guidance for MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) businesses, STB and Enterprise Singapore are collaborating with the Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS) to create an industry resilience roadmap.

The roadmap will help guide Singapore's event organisers and event venues when planning for the safe resumption of other B2B events in Singapore and making a sustainable recovery.

STB chief executive Keith Tan said: "Singapore's business events sector has shown much resilience during this difficult period, and we are grateful for their innovativeness and adaptability."

SACEOS president Aloysius Arlando said: "We are taking a whole-of-industry approach to establish safe operating standards and resilient businesses."

STB said the resumption of B2B events under Phase Two require the prior approval of the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Event organisers and event venues which do not comply with Covid-19 control orders outlined in the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act will face enforcement action. They may also be ineligible for government grants, loans, tax rebates and other assistance, STB warned.

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