The GSMA has shared more details about its health and safety plan to keep guests safe during MWC Los Angeles. The event marks the return of in-person programing after last year’s MWCLA conference was cancelled due to COVID-19, and will be the GSMA’s third comeback event following MWC Shanghai in February and the successful return of MWC Barcelona back in June.
Of course, COVID-19 is still a major health concern, especially as the Delta variant continues to spread through the United States. The GSMA’s Committed Community MWCLA health and safety plan is designed to mitigate that risk. To that end, the organizers have stated that all MWCLA guests will need either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test (taken within the previous 72 hours) to gain entry to the venue. Guests will be asked to download an app to store and share those medical records, and to wear masks and observe any other public health directives while indoors.
Administrators, meanwhile, will be conducting temperature checks at all points of entry to further guard against COVID-19. The floor plan will be designed in accordance with social distancing requirements, and will include multiple hand sanitizing stations scattered throughout the areas that are open to the public. The GSMA also plans to make use of a range of touchless technologies to reduce the number of shared touchpoints.
The event itself will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC), which will help the GSMA implement a strong safety program. The LACC is a GBAC STAR accredited venue, and will be adopting a stricter Blue Tower cleaning, sanitation, and disinfection (CSD) regimen that places an even greater focus on high-touch areas with a large amount of traffic. The venue will monitor the indoor air quality and try to take advantage of outdoor air, and will put up signs to inform guests about the health and safety measures that are being put in place.
MWC Los Angeles is scheduled to run from October 26-28. Guests from certain countries may need to present a negative COVID-19 test at the airport to travel to the United States.