Durban ICC COVID-19 Communication Centre
Durban ICC Event Activity
On 15 March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa issued directives in respect of the COVID–19 pandemic and declared a state of disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act with the focus on preventing and reducing the outbreak of the virus.
Following the President’s directive to temporarily prohibit gatherings of more than 100 people the COVID-19 outbreak, events of this size scheduled for the immediate future at the Durban International Convention Centre will not proceed until further notice.
All other events with fewer than 100 participants are proceeding as planned.
Measures in Response to COVID-19
As a matter of practice, the Durban ICC ensures optimum hygiene standards to promote and maintain a safe and healthy space for our visitors:
• In line with the World Health Organisation’s protocols, touch-free alcohol-based hand-sanitizers are provided at all entrances to the centre, together with the official WHO signage.
• All high-touch surfaces such as door handles and escalator rails are sanitised regularly throughout the Centre.
• Additional precautions have been taken in our kitchens such as a buzzer which sounds every 30-minutes prompting the chefs to wash hands, mop the floors and sanitize the working surfaces.
• Ultra-violet (UV) light air sanitizers are used to neutralize micro-organisms and sterilize the knives in the culinary department.
Please rest-assured that the well-being of all those that attend events at the Durban International Convention Centre is our priority and of paramount importance to us. You have our commitment that all reasonable steps to promote and maintain safe and healthy conditions are in place.
In South Africa, the Department of Health, continues to closely monitor the rapidly evolving developments surrounding the Coronavirus outbreak. The World Health Organisation (WHO) provides our Health Ministry with daily situational updates and we, in turn, are in constant contact with the relevant authorities and will ensure that we keep all of our clients, delegates, exhibitors and partners informed of any risks or safety concerns should they arise.
We can also confirm that the South African border control in conjunction with the SA Department of Health have intensified screening at all ports of entry into South Africa with a particular focus on our major airports of entry. This approach remains supported as the vast majority of cases are introduced into territories outside of China by air travellers. Additional staff have been deployed and have authorities have sought the assistance of medical staff from the SA National Defence Force to thoroughly intensify screening where additional capacity is needed.
We feel strongly that it is our collective responsibility to focus on the facts and to act with common sense and sound judgement, taking the advice of the relevant authorities and scientists. In the words of Gloria Guevara, President and CEO, World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), “containing the spread of unnecessary panic is as important as stopping the virus itself.”
We look forward to welcoming you to Durban and wish you, your business colleagues, your communities and your families everything of the best and resilience in the months to come.