But many are expressing concerns due to the ongoing pandemic.
After being canceled last year, it looks like Mobile World Congress (MWC) will proceed as an in-person event this June. The event was originally scheduled to take place around this month but the COVID-19 pandemic made the organizers push the event to a later date.
MWC is one of the largest trade shows in the world. Taking place every year in Barcelona with around 100,000 people attending. This year’s event will of course be scaled back to adhere to current health standards, with an expected 50,000 attendees flying to Barcelona to attend it.
To ensure attendees, the organizers of MWC Barcelona said it is taking all precautionary measures to ensure the safety of attendees. “At MWC Barcelona, we put safety first. By working closely with Fira Barcelona and the Host City Parties in Spain, we’ll incorporate all guidance to provide the best level of protection at the event,” it said on its Safety and Security page.
This means that anyone who is attending MWC will be required to wear masks and crowd density will be strictly monitored. Anyone who’s attending would also be required to present a COVID-19 negative test within 72 hours of arrival.
But many are expressing concerns that a negative test won’t be sufficient to ensure that anyone who attends won’t be infected. There’s a good chance that you can get infected along the way, and potentially infect anyone you will be interacting with.
MWC organizers are still optimistic that this year’s event will proceed as planned and this June could show a different situation. Personally, for me, I would still have second thoughts about attending a live event unless I know it is safe.
Here in the UAE, GITEX Technology Week was safely held last December and was one of the major exhibitions that took place as an in-person event.