The organiser of the Singapore Airshow, Experia Events, says that the show will proceed as planned from 11-16 February, with precautions in place, amid a heightened alert level in the country.
“Since the outbreak of 2019-nCoV, the Singapore government is already working with various stakeholders such as airports, hotels, the business events community and attractions to ensure that there are protocols and processes to step up vigilance and cleaning and sanitisation regimens,” says Leck Chet Lam, managing director of Experia.
On Friday 7 February, Singapore’s health ministry elevated the DORSCON (disease outbreak response system condition) to orange from yellow.
“Today, the Ministry of Health has confirmed three additional cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection in Singapore,” says the ministry’s web site. “Contact tracing is underway; as of now, we have not uncovered links to previous cases or travel history to China.”
“As there are now a few local cases without any links to previous cases or travel history to China, we have stepped up our risk assessment from DORSCON Yellow to DORSCON Orange.”
Andrew Phua, Director, Exhibitions and Conferences, Singapore Tourism Board (STB), adds: “STB is working closely with Experia Events and other government agencies to provide continued support to the Singapore Airshow 2020, in light of the current DORSCON Orange. We encourage delegates and exhibitors to look out for one another, remain vigilant, adopt good personal hygiene practices and monitor their health closely. The safety of locals, visitors and our industry partners is our top priority.”