In March 2020, the Iceberg partners AIPC and UFI released good practice guidance to help members manage the unfolding crisis, and in April 2020, further guidance on repurposing a convention or exhibition centre to serve as a temporary emergency facility. It is a role that many centres embraced to serve their community in a time of need, even if they were never designed to become emergency hospitals, housing facilities, or auxiliary health test sites. In May 2020, AIPC and UFI in concert with ICCA (also an Iceberg partner) launched its first Good Practice Guidance Addressing COVID-19 Requirements for Re-Opening Business Events, and a second version of the guidance was published in September 2020.
This document constitutes the third installment, capturing updates and lessons learned from membership over Q4 2020 – Q1 2021. It contains information and insights very much subject to change, but is offered nevertheless in the hope of filling the still ongoing knowledge gaps on how best to meet the continued ongoing, often fluctuating, challenges of the global pandemic.