Brussels Motor Show: Febiac has different scenarios
As uncertainty hovers above the Brussels Motor Show‘s head due to the coronavirus health crisis, organizers are coming up with different action plans for the manifestation to be open in the safest manner.
The strictest of them doesn’t allow visitors to sit in the cars. Febiac also plans to limit the number of visitors and limit their visiting time to two hours.
As the coronavirus health crisis continues and crowded social gatherings are forbidden, many wonder what will happen with the Brussels Motor Show, planned to open its doors between January 15 and 24, 2021. As Hyundai Belux recently announced it retracted from the event, uncertainty remains, but organizers want to reassure the public.
Necessary health measures
“We want the event to be as flexible as possible so that we can adapt the system overnight,” explains Pierre Lalmand, Managing Director of the Brussels Motor Show and Director of the Maison de l’Automobile at Febiac, the automobile industry’s federation. Several plans are on the table to keep the necessary health measures.
The principal idea is to limit access to an event that usually gathers nearly half a million Belgians. Visitors will have to book their visits on the web by selecting a specific day and time slot. The organizers also want to keep some spare tickets to act as a buffer if the conditions unexpectedly change.
The strictest scenario plans to ban visitors to board the showcased vehicles, and there won’t be any informants or experts to help them configure the cars. Febiac suggests using QR codes to get in contact with an informant specialized in the chosen model.
Thankfully, this is only one of many scenarios. If the sanitary situation betters, informants will be present on the stands, and visitors will be able to get into the cars after disinfection.
In addition to a specific path to follow around the whole Motor Show, visiting times could also be reduced to around two hours. “On average, a visit lasts for 3:30 hours. However, in this scenario, there won’t be any queues as there would be fewer visitors.”
“Also, the best brands should be present on the show as the Geneva Motor Show was canceled. It would be a bit like a private visit,” assures Pierre Lalmand.