The Mobile World Congress of this summer is still standing (for now) and they will force to present a negative test to enter
The Mobile World Congress will not be virtual. For the moment, plans to hold the great Barcelona mobile congress in person are still in place. It will not be at the end of February, as is usual, but between June 28 and July 1, 2021. Now, the GSMA has released new details on what the physical celebration of MWC 2021 will be like and what requirements will apply to try to ensure safety against COVID-19.
“Barcelona will be a little different. The requirements against Covid will reduce our capacity. We will not have 110,000 people,” they assure from the organization, pointing among other reasons to the important travel restriction that there is now and are expected for those dates.
The GSMA announces different measures to try to ensure its physical celebration
Since the start of the pandemic, the vast majority of events and events have taken place virtually. But the Shanghai MWC will be face-to-face. A first test to see what could happen with Barcelona. Usually, the Asian MWC used to take place in the middle of the year, while the Barcelona MWC, which was considerably larger, took place between February and March. This 2021 will be the other way around.
“We could have done it virtually, but we can take note in person,” explains John Hoffman, CEO of the GSMA.
This year’s attendee figures are expected to be around 30-40% of usual. For the one in Shanghai, they expect to receive about 20,000 attendees, compared to 60,000 in 2019. For the one in Barcelona, the organization expects between 40,000 and 50,000 attendees to come, far from the figure of the last edition held.
The GSMA points out that while China will have active control over the measures, for Barcelona it should be the organization itself that has a more active role in the logistics of the necessary security. For this reason, those attending the Mobile World Congress 2021 in Barcelona must present a negative test for Covid-19, within 72 hours of your visit.
The organization will have tests on site, so that attendees can take one. “Our opinion is that it would be great if everyone were vaccinated, but we cannot rely on that in 2021, so we trust to do tests in advance to make sure that our bubble is not just the Fira Gran Vía, but all of Barcelona”, explains Hoffman, who also comments that the MWC will try to be a “touchless” event, from the registration to the different events within the congress.
During a press conference, coinciding with the one year anniversary of its cancellation, Hoffman explained that “logistics operations have been transformed” and that “they work tirelessly” for the physical celebration. “With the benefit of one year of accumulated knowledge and additional time to plan, we can mitigate many risks to maintain a safe and controlled environment “, he assured.
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