We hope this message finds you, your family, and your friends safe and in good health.
For the past 12 years, Beverage Trade Network has brought together drinks professionals globally and helped them grow their businesses. With its various trade shows around the world, BTN’s goal has always been to educate, empower and help make connections for our customers so that they can grow their beverage brands and business.
Trade shows were one of the main business units of Beverage Trade Network. That changed on March 16, 2020, when we had to postpone all of our shows for 2020 to comply with COVID-19 ordinances around the world. While it was difficult to see no events in 2020, we are hopeful we will be able to execute trade shows and events in 2021.
2021 started to look promising and we hope that the US is fully vaccinated by the end of May. At this moment we are hopeful that trade shows will take place and the state and city government will permit events and set protocols to execute events safely.
At this moment, the Cannabis Food Show, Chicago dates are set for November 16, 2021.
However, we will be assessing the situation once again on May 20, 2021, and will have a final decision for the remaining year on May 21, 2021.
We encourage overseas exhibitors and domestic exhibitors NOT to book hotels and airfares until we are closer to these dates and closely monitor the progress in the meantime.
In the event that we again have to postpone the show to the 2022 date due to the restrictions set by the government and covid-19 crises, all exhibitors’ credit will be carried forward to the 2022 shows.
In the event that trade shows are allowed, together with the venue, we will aim to execute trade shows with all necessary safety protocols. Some steps we have taken with the venue to ensure this are:
Images Credit: South San Francisco Conference Centre, Venue partner of Cannabis Food Show SF
We await news from state and city departments to know if larger-scale event gatherings will be permitted. If they are, all safety protocols will be followed stringently. In the current situation, larger event gatherings are still NOT allowed.
Some of the steps we will be following at all events are:
1. No lines at the registration kiosk.
2. Pre-registration of badges online.
3. Exhibitors and visitors to show a negative Covid test or vaccine record.
4. Replace wine glasses with plastic cups.
5. No spittoons.
6. No conference.
7. Add additional room for exhibitors to enable social distancing between exhibitor tables.
8. Use of masks compulsory for exhibitors and visitors.
9. All staff to be tested for COVID before beginning work.
Chicago continues to make progress in its reopening of restaurants and retail shops. These venues are allowed to be open as long as they follow a prescribed set of social distancing and sanitization guidelines.
We are closely following reopening guidelines from the State of Illinois and Chicago city and will keep you updated as the situation continues to evolve. We are confident in our ability to welcome you safely back; with the personalized service, you’ve always known and trusted.
COVID-19 SAFETY PRACTICES FOR EVENTS
Image Credit: South San Francisco Conference Centre, Venue partner of Cannabis Food Show SF