As children return to school and businesses fully reopen, so the Fleet News events portfolio surges back to life with the biggest show in the fleet calendar, Fleet & Mobility Live.
The 2021 event returns to its traditional home at the Birmingham NEC after last year’s one-off virtual event and will be packed with high quality seminars, the best exhibitors and several exciting new features to be revealed shortly.
The safety of visitors, exhibitors and staff is the top priority for Fleet News and the NEC, and a series of robust measures will be in place to protect everyone. Fleet decision-makers and suppliers will be able to attend the event in complete confidence.
Included among the extensive list of procedures are:
- Fogging all toilet blocks pre-show
- Fogging all enclosed office spaces
- Employing extra janitors in the Atrium
- Enhanced cleaning of public areas (including door handles)
- Extra covid janitors in the main hall
- 620 hand sanitisers across the venue
- Aisle widths have been increased
- Limited touch points
In addition, ventilation has been improved in line with NHS requirements after the NEC was assigned a Nightingale hospital.
In a statement, the NEC Group said: “Building on the experience gained when constructing and operating the NHS Nightingale Birmingham facility, we have upgraded all the filter media within our ventilation systems to high efficiency F7 media, which was the standard specified by University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) NHS Trust.”
The Fleet News team has already successfully held Company Car In Action and the Fleet News Awards Summer Garden Party this year, both in-person shows on location which included involvement from the relevant local authorities to ensure necessary steps were in place.
Covid-provisions are being reviewed on a weekly basis, while Fleet News is working closely with the Association of Event Organisers alongside other event organisers for industry best practice, while also consulting with Government.
In line with NEC Group rules, visitors should come to the show prepared to show proof of their Covid-19 status.
The accepted methods of showing COVID-status are as follows:
- NHS Covid-19 Pass via the NHS App or a paper copy. (It is advised individuals apply no later than 48 hours before attending their event to allow for the application to be processed in time.)
- Lateral flow or PCR negative test results text or e-mail, received within 72 hours prior to attending the event.
- Proof of immunity shown by a positive PCR test result for Covid-19, lasting for 180 days from the date of the positive test and following completion of the self-isolation period.
If visitors would prefer not to use the NHS App or do not have a smartphone they can obtain a NHS COVID-19 Pass letter (proving vaccination status only) by calling 119 or visiting the NHS website.