COVID-19

From 1 October 2021 there are new rules in force in Brussels around Covid-19. On this page, you’ll find out how these affect your activity at the Furniture Fair.

 

VISITORS:

Access to the fair is only possible for visitors in possession of an entry ticket and a valid Covid-Safe Ticket with QR code. What is a Covid-Safe Ticket.

Every visitor must register in advance and bring the pre-printed tickets to the fair, or show their tickets on their smartphone. Entry tickets will not be refunded if the Covid-Safe Ticket is invalid.

 

EXHIBITORS:

Access to the Furniture Fair is only possible for exhibitors in possession of a valid Covid-Safe Ticket with QR code. What is a Covid-Safe Ticket.

Every exhibitor can come and collect a wristband from the secretariat following the first inspection of their Covid-Safe Ticket, in order to avoid daily controls.

Every exhibitor will be allotted 1 “Covid-19 responsible person”. This is the person who is designated as a stand coordinator by the Furniture Fair. He/she must be able to specify who has worked on the stand at all times (in other words, staff, suppliers and partners, NOT the visitors who have visited the stand).

 

 STAND BUILDERS:

Access to the halls is permitted for stand builders in possession of a Covid-Safe Ticket with QR code. What is a Covid-Safe Ticket. Stand builders without a Covid-Safe Ticket must wear a face mask at all times and keep a 1.5-metre distance from other people.

Checks will be carried out during construction and dismantling by specially authorised security staff.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION:

To make it easy for you, we are providing an on-site testing centre, which will be open every morning (8.30AM-noon). Your result will already be in your app after 15 minutes. A contribution to the cost of 30€ will be charged.

Find testing centres in Brussels here. NB: some testing centres can take up to 48 hours to send your test results and tests must be paid for. Please ensure that you carefully research this in advance.

You can also get tested at chemists by appointment. You get the result within 15 minutes. You’ll find the 2 closest chemists here. NB: chemists are closed on Saturday afternoon and Sunday!

  • Pharmacie de l’Arbre Ballon Dikke Beukenlaan 115 1020 Brussels (by appointment only). Tel.: +32 2 478 52 11
  • Apotheek Goossens Dr H Folletlaan 224 1780 Wemmel (by appointment only). Tel.: +32 2 460 41 08

It is still advised to wear a face mask at the fair, although not obligatory.

Hand sanitiser will be made available at the fair.

From 15 October, there are new measures in force in the Brussels Region. With a Covid Safe Ticket you can enter a café or restaurant without a face mask. However a face mask is still obligatory on public transport, in stations and at the airport. You’ll find more information on the Visitbrussels website.

In addition, before you travel to Belgium don’t forget to fill in a Passenger Locator Form in advance. This can only be done digitally. You’ll find the form on this website.

Visitors coming from outside of the EU or EFTA (European Free Trade Association) staying for less than 48h in Belgium and:

  • are fully vaccinated with  an EMA-approved vaccin (Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty), Moderna, AstraZeneca/Oxford (Vaxzevria) & Janssen) or Covishield do not have to go in quarantaine and do not need a PCR test.
  • are not fully vaccinated need a PCR-test before departure in their country and need a certificate for essential travel to Belgium from the Belgian embassy in your country. (Belgian Embassy in London: https://unitedkingdom.diplomatie.belgium.be/en. For other countries consult this website.)

UV-C Air purification system

Since September 2020, all trade fair halls, meeting rooms and workspaces at Brussels Expo have been fully equipped with a UV-C- disinfection system. More information.

General Guidelines

  • It is recommended that face masks should be worn across the whole site.
  • Hand sanitiser will be freely available throughout the trade fair
  • Whilst standing, a 1.5 metre social distance must be maintained

Crowd control

On site

  • Visitors will be encouraged to respect the general rules
  • Visitors will be encouraged to sanitise their hands
  • Visitors will be encouraged to download the Coronalert App
  • The sanitary zones will be equipped with the necessary signage

In advance

  • Website will be regularly updated
  • Updates via MB Newsletters

Registration

Access to the fair is only possible for visitors in possession of an entry ticket and a valid Covid-Safe Ticket with QR code. What is a Covid-Safe Ticket.

Every visitor must register in advance and bring the pre-printed tickets to the fair, or show their tickets on their smartphone. Entry tickets will not be refunded if the Covid-Safe Ticket is invalid.

Cleaning protocol

  • Additional cleaning and disinfection of busy zones (entrance, catering, toilets, escalators, door handles, etc.).
  • The Furniture Fair is discussing the possibility of offering stand cleaning with an extra disinfection round.
  • In the sanitary zones, hot air hand dryers will be replaced by paper dispensers

Monitoring protocol

  • Camera monitoring of visitor density
  • Hygiene Guards for extra monitoring specifically for Coronavirus Team of paramedics on site

Other

  • Hotels, restaurants and public transport will follow the sector-specific safety measures prescribed by the City of Brussels. More information.
  • Additional focus on air ventilation in the halls, with a significantly enhanced supply of fresh outdoor air.
  • Every supplier to and partner of the Furniture Fair is committed to signing and complying with the official Brussels Expo Covid Guidelines
  • There will be a focus on contactless equipment and contactless payment