Update on FIME amid COVID-19 (coronavirus)



UPDATE: MAY 14, 2020

Over the past few months, we have continued to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on our ability to stage a successful FIME on August 25-27, 2020. We know that our visitors and exhibitors and attendees need to start planning now for logistics related to an August show, and given that each country, state and city is implementing a different, phased reopening plan, we have made the decision to postpone FIME to a later date.

We have spoken to many of our valued clients and partners about this decision, and based on those conversations we are working on scenarios for the last quarter of this year. Our promise to you is that we will continue to track this situation and follow all guidance from local and global health authorities, and we will provide regular and timely updates as we look to make an informed decision on whether staging FIME this year is achievable.

Thank you for your understanding and your patience as we assess all options that would ensure a successful and productive event.

 



UPDATE: MAY 1, 2020

Many of our loyal visitors and exhibitors have inquired recently on the status of the 2020 edition of FIME, now scheduled for August 25-27, 2020 at the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC). We want to assure our audience that though we are closely keeping track of the fluid situation caused by COVID-19, FIME 2020 is moving forward at this time on August 25-27. If this changes in any way, we will update our audience via this page, our socia media platforms and through other forms of communication, such as email and phone.

As of today, the United States has slowly started to 'reopen' the country, and individual states and cities are taking specific measures to action this based on the impact COVID-19 has had on its specific area. The state of Florida, where FIME takes place, began phased reopening on May 4, however South Florida, including Miami, are not part of the reopening at this time.  State of FL Division of Emergency Management, Miami Dade County Office of Emergency Management and Department of Health, and the City of Miami Beach are all working in close collaboration with the MBCC to determine the appropriate responses to this public health issue. To keep up to date on the latest, please visit:


Hotel rates
To help our visitors and exhibitors plan for their trip to FIME 2020 in a risk-free manner, our official housing parter onPeak, has established new, discounted hotel rates that are fully refundable, with no cancellaton or change fees. Please visit www.fimeshow.com/en/travel/hotels.html for details and to book your discounted hotel rooms.

Airline fares
Many airlines around the world have extended flexible policies with no fees to change our cancel a reservation. As you plan your travel to Miami, please contact your preferred airline partner to confirm their current policies before booking.  Information on available discounts for travel can be found here.

Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC)
The MBCC continues to monitor information from public health officials, industry affiliates and associations to develop best practices during this pandemic. Like many venues across the nation, the MBCC has taken sensible precautions onsite such as:  

  • The purchase of extra hand sanitizer dispensers placed in high trafficked areas throughout the venue.
  • Installation of additional hygiene advisory signage throughout the venue.Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched objects by using cleaning products on surface areas (including, but not limited to, lavatory fixtures, paper towel dispensers, vanity tops, mirrors and door handles).
  • Employing touch-free surfaces in our restrooms including automatically flushing toilets, hands-free faucets, paper towel dispensers and hand dryers.
  • Employing face coverings and social distancing measures onsite, in support of public health recommendations.
  • MBCC staff training on the proper techniques to prevent transmission of sickness.
  • MBCC food and beverage service providers Centerplate is also coordinating globally to manage the impact of COVID-19 to protect employees, clients and consumers. Centerplate’s existing rules for food safety, personal hygiene and infection control are rigorously followed in order to minimize the risk of this, or any other virus spreading.
For additional information on the venue's response to COVID-19, visit: www.miamibeachconvention.com/health-advisory-coronavirus-covid-19.

We encourage all attendees to follow WHO guidelines with respect to general hygiene:

The World Health Organization’s standard recommendations for the general public to reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses are as follows, which include hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices:

Wash your hands frequently

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if your hands are not visibly dirty.

Practice respiratory hygiene

When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Hands touch many surfaces which can be contaminated with the virus. If you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your contaminated hands, you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself.

If you have fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Tell your health care provider if you have travelled in an area in China where COVID-19 has been reported, or if you have been in close contact with someone with who has travelled from China and has respiratory symptoms.

If you have mild respiratory symptoms and no travel history to or within China

If you have mild respiratory symptoms and no travel history to or within China, carefully practice basic respiratory and hand hygiene and stay home until you are recovered, if possible.

Avoid consumption of raw or undercooked animal products

Handle raw meat, milk or animal organs with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety  practices.

Should the situation change, we will update the advice accordingly.

For more details on COVID-19, please visit: