Vision Expo West opens attendee registration for September event

Event organisers have established a Health and Safety Task Force to implement policies and best practice for the event in response to COVID-19

Vision Expo has announced that registration is now open for Vision Expo West, due to take place in Las Vegas this autumn.

The event organisers also detailed plans for health and safety policies following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Taking place at the Sands Expo Convention Centre, from 23-26 September, the event will be held under the theme of: “One vision – one focus – one future.”

Vision Expo East was cancelled earlier this year as the COVID-19 situation evolved, with event organisers confirming aspects of the March show would instead be “consolidated” with Vision Expo West.

Mitch Barkley, vice president of trade shows and meetings at The Vision Council, confirmed that aspects of the “new and exclusive content originally planned for Vision Expo East 2020” will now be showcased at the Las Vegas event.

“We are pleased to share that we have had an overwhelmingly positive response from exhibitors so far, with a majority of our Vision Expo East exhibitors onboard, as well as several exhibitors participating in Vision Expo West for the first time,” he explained.

The co-owners of the show, The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, have released information around the health and safety policies that will be in place at the event.

A Health & Safety Task Force has been established by Reed Exhibitions to develop and implement best practices around COVID-19 response and prevention, in line with guidance from public health officials including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), state and local governments as well as venue partner protocols.

The task force is focused on operational pillars including show layout and logistics; physical distancing; health screening and medical response; cleaning, sanitisation and personal protective equipment; and conference, special events and talent handling.

Further to these planned procedures, event organisers suggested the task force is considering additional protocols such as “a ‘no handshake’ policy and non-invasive entry screening.”

Event organisers said the policies and best practices will be continually updated as more guidance becomes available and final protocols will be announced closer to the event.

“The safety and wellbeing of everyone in attendance at Vision Expo West is our top priority,” commented Fran Pennella, Vision Expo event vice-president at Reed Exhibitions. “We are monitoring the Las Vegas reopening rollout very closely and will develop and update our protocols as needed over the coming weeks. We will communicate regularly with all our attendees and exhibitors so that we can bring the vision community together again under the best possible circumstances.”

Commenting on the plans for the event, Mr Barkley said the event would be “where the optical industry will unite and get back to business. He said: “Following a period of disruption and unprecedented challenges for the industry, it is more important than ever to bring the community together for an inspiring weekend of connection, learning, and doing business. To that end, we are organising the show around the concept of ONE Vision – ONE Focus – ONE Future.”

The convention centre has also developed “extensive” protocols for cleaning and health and safety.