Milestone for large gatherings

  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 19 Sep 2020

More than 4,500 people took part in the one-day event at Mitec, which was spaced out over four halls with strict adherence to social distancing.

THE Covid-19 pandemic has forced the postponement of many large business meetings, but exhibition and convention centres are adapting to the new norm as well as adopting strict measures to ensure participants’ safety.

The Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (Mitec) successfully hosted the country’s first major business event during the Covid-19 recovery movement control order (MCO) period in a highly controlled and carefully managed environment with stringent safety and security protocols in place.

The one-day event, National Congress 2020, marked the first milestone of a large-scale gathering of more than 4,500 people in attendance, including Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, senior ministers, dignitaries and participants from a non-governmental organisation.

The event was captured in a video ( to showcase Mitec’s venue management that was in line with the approved standard operating procedures (SOP), including health registration with MySejahtera app, mandatory mask-wearing in public areas and physical distancing measures.

“We have rigorous health and safety measures, delegate management system as well as on-site communication, including ‘mobile human safety reminders’ encouraging strict adherence and the provision of guidance and compliance,” said Mitec chief executive officer Gunther


He said ready-to-eat packed meals were served to each attendee at their respective seats during lunch and coffee breaks, with pre-wrapped cutlery set to provide a safe and controlled catering system for the well-being of attendees and the centre’s team members.

“Successful hosting of such mass gathering signals a start to rebuilding public confidence in the meetings and events industry.

“We are proud to have delivered the event seamlessly within a safe and structured manner.

“We are excited to see business events rebound and thrilled to be hosting more major events and exhibitions in a safe, organised and secure environment in accordance with the SOP endorsed by the Government,” added Beissel.

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