FlightSimExpo Planning Measures to Reduce Coronavirus Risk

Alex John
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

The event organisers of FlightSimExpo are planning to take measures to reduce the risk of infection from coronavirus later this year when the three-day event is scheduled to take place.

In a document published to their website today, the team behind America's largest flight simulation conference said: "FlightSimExpo is carefully monitoring the global health situation resulting from the novel coronavirus/COVID-19. The safety of our attendees, exhibitors, and partners remains paramount, as does being community-driven in our decision-making.

"As per the Southern Nevada Health District, while the COVID-19 outbreak is a serious public health threat, the immediate risk from the virus to the general public in Clark County and the United States remains low."

The document then outlined additional precautions that may be implemented. These include:

  • Ensuring hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the event space
  • Reminding attendees to wash their hands regularly with soap and water
  • Encouraging safe health practices during the event
  • Discouraging handshakes and other physical contact during the event

FlightSimExpo continued: "Our venue, Tropicana Las Vegas, is equally committed to providing a safe and clean environment for all guests and event attendees. The hotel, casino, and public areas are cleaned regularly; all guest rooms are thoroughly cleaned after each guest checks out."

A list of items Tropicana recently introduced because of COVID-19, according to the document, are:

  • Additional sanitation stations in high volume areas and convention space
  • Increased fresh air circulation
  • More frequent public restroom cleaning rotations
  • Increased sanitation of door handles and gaming devices
  • Sanitation of menus after each guest use in all food and beverage venues
  • Continued awareness amongst team members regarding cleanliness and sanitation (i.e., frequent handwashing)
  • Additional carpet cleaning rotation in high volume areas

Coronavirus screenings are currently not taking place at the nearby McCarran International Airport (KLAS), according to the airport, although "custodial teams at the airport are already deploying hospital-grade disinfectant on all high-touch surfaces including kiosks, escalators, and door handles."

Furthermore, the event organiser's partnership with Delta and Southwest, which offer attendees discounts on travel on the respective airlines, said these airlines are utilising modern technology to enhance cleaning of aircraft.

The document closed out by saying: "As the event approaches, we will continue to monitor the situation closely. As with everything else we do, any decision to change, postpone, or cancel the event would be made through surveys of registered attendees, confirmed developers/exhibitors, and input and feedback from the community."

The latest updates and news from FlightSimExpo is available through their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds.

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