Some staff at The Grimaldi Forum (TGF) convention centre in Monaco have been back at work on the venue site since 4 May and are starting to ready the venue for reopening for business when regulations permit.
Teams have been mobilised to set up the necessary systems for organising events in strict compliance with current health requirements.
TGF’s management says its event calendar is busy, starting from September, and its online ticket-office is now open again.
Although necessary employees are on the site, remote working remains the rule until 18 June.
Staff must comply with strict health and safety measures that are likely to foreshadow processes for future visitors. The list of measures is likely to be the kind of blueprint we could see across Europe at its major venues and includes the following:
- Temperature measurement on arrival
- Passage over a disinfectant mat
- The compulsory wearing of a mask in all shared parts of the building and during meetings.
- The distribution of washable masks, hydroalcoholic gel and boxes of wipes for the disinfection of surfaces
- Visors for field workers and technicians and for the security command post in the event of intervention
- Self-service distributors of hydroalcoholic gel and disinfectant wipes at all strategic points of the building
- Fitting of plexiglass separators between ‘open space’s offices and monitoring of social distancing, ensuring 4sqm of space between employees
- Plan for cleaning and disinfection of premises and reinforcement of equipment with virucide EN 14476 norm, in particular at contact points (ramps, handles, counters, elevator buttons, shared public facilities, sanitary facilities, etc.)
- Cleansing of all ducts and change air conditioning filters before site reopening
- The canteen remains closed until 1 August with provision during this period of suitable spaces and equipment for employees to take a lunch break.
With regard to welcoming the public, and pending the establishment of correct conditions for the reopening of public event centres, a technical guide is already available detailing the arrangements taken by the GFM.
The measures in place at GFM are in addition to those of the Principality’s Government, which is carrying out a massive screening of its resident and salaried population.
Located on the shores of the Mediterranean, the building has large openings to the outside and its large spaces are easily ventilated. The public spaces are also air-conditioned with fresh air being taken in from the outside and then filtered, and with the return air intake going from the ceiling to a central treatment unit.
The GFM teams have minimised event cancellations by a programme of support, which has seen 20 of a total of 25 events scheduled between March and July 2020, being postponed to a future date.
The events calendar is busy from the start of the new school year in September.
By putting in place optimal reception conditions for visitors, GFM says it is looking forward to the return of its activities and its public as soon as possible.
Photos: GFM 2020