Chinese commuters navigate a bus terminal in Beijing on Wednesday. (Getty Images) It’s unclear when facilities closed due to COVID-19 may reopen Recent indications from municipal authorities in China that certain convention and exhibition facilities closed because of the coronavirus pandemic would be allowed to reopen at least temporarily have been countermanded by the country’s central government. According to Cliff Wallace, president of Atlanta-based CW Venue Advisory Services LLC, it’s again unclear when public assembly facilities will be allowed to resume hosting large-scale events. When they are allowed, strictures such as mandatory temperature monitoring, closely regulated social distancing and checks of identification cards embedded with data about individuals’ health status are likely to be widespread, he said. Wallace, who was managing director of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 1995 to 2012 and was instrumental in helping that venue and others cope with SARS in early 2003, said… Continue Reading China Walks Back Talk on Convention Venues

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