Novel Coronavirus – Resources page

(last updated: October 26, 2020)

The World Health Organisation has declared the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus a global pandemic on March 11.

UFI is supporting the work of global, regional, and national institutions who deal with this outbreak.

As part of the meetings industry, exhibitions are both very much affected by protective measures as they are a vital means to support industries in challenging times.

As an industry, we have shown time and again that we are supportive and resilient in difficult times. Our best response to this outbreak is to stay focused and calm.

On this page, we are listing some resources for UFI members and the industry at large.

Global Framework for Reopening Exhibitions and B2B Trade Events

Working with the global industry community, UFI has released a global framework that sets out how our industry will run events given the COVID19 conditions. The framework lists measures and advocacy messages for the dialogue with politicians and health authorities, and provides global industry guidance.


Good Practice Guide: Addressing COVID-19 Requirements for Re-Opening Business Events

Building on UFI’s “Global framework for reopening exhibitions and B2B trade events post the emergence from COVID-19”, this joint AIPC – ICCA – UFI  guidance shares good industry practices and emerging standards for the implementation of framework measures from around the world.


Exhibition Industry Market Status Tracker

Around the world, many authorities are allowing exhibitions and business events to take place again, given certain preconditions and protective measures are put in place. UFI is tracking the current state of markets in a designated document

Exhibition & Events Industry Advocacy

The COVID-19 pandemic puts many businesses in our industry at risk. With our partners, UFI is working to advocate globally for specific support programmes from governments tailored to the needs of our sector. Jointly, we have already achieved success in many countries, and continue to work on this.

Advocacy resources

Data, materials, and messages you can use when you talk to your lawmakers and stakeholders about support for our sector

Information on the virus

Travel advice:

Health advice:

Company advice:

Industry responses:

Additional resources:

  • The Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) has issued a call to the whole Meetings Industry in response to the outbreak – you can read (and share) it here
  • We are facilitating ongoing dialogue between exhibition organisers around the world – to be involved in this exchange contact
  • We are facilitating ongoing dialogue between exhibition venue operators around the world – to be involved in this exchange contact
  • The WHO has stated that the world is also fighting an “infodemic”, as many fake stories are being pushed out predominantly through social media. “NewsGuard” is running a Coronavirus Misinformation Tracking Center that identifies and calls out news and information sites in the U.S., the U.K., France, Italy, and Germany that have been identified as publishing materially false information about the virus:

Press Contact

For additional information please contact:

UFI Communications Team
17, rue Louise Michel
92300 Levallois-Perret, France
Phone: (33) 1 46 39 75 00

This Show Will Open

UFI and SISO have launched an industry wide campaign to show where events are ongoing despite the COVID-19 outbreak.