condit exhibits & COVID- 19 updates.
From our partners at the EDPA,
March 2021 marks one year since the pandemic completely shut down the convention and trade show industry, an industry that represents millions of workers. Convention centers that have shuttered across the country are surrounded by hotels and businesses that have also remained closed.
The unemployed represent many unions and professions: electricians, plumbers, stagehands, riggers, audiovisual technicians, designers, manufacturers, and other live event workers. There are industries that depend on conventions and trade shows, such as hotels, restaurants, theme parks, stadiums, and airlines. Conventions are one of the largest contributors to these businesses, bringing billions of dollars to cities, states, and the federal government through a multitude of taxes and fees. Most of the economic impact payments have contributed financially to the businesses promoted by conventions and trade shows, while convention and trade show workers have not yet been included.
Once convention centers are permitted to reopen, the industry will enforce and adhere to all health protocols. There are programs in place to allow for the safe reopening of convention centers and other venues and to bring life back into our economies. Right now, this industry needs proper legislation that considers this unique situation and helps the millions of Americans who are part of it.
To read more about event industry advocacy, visit the EDPA site.
To learn more about Condit’s participation in advocacy efforts through the EDPA, Go LIVE Together, Exhibitions Mean Business, and more, get in touch with us.
Condit is excited to announce our virtual exhibit platform. We understand the challenges and the benefits that come with a show’s migration to a virtual format, and we’re ready to help your brand make the most of this new opportunity to connect with key clients and prospects safely and responsibly amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll also help you explore the value of a virtual exhibit as a standalone marketing asset before and after the show.
We are proud to be a locally owned business here in Denver, Colorado. Watch our 9NEWS Live Local video to learn how we’ve adapted due to COVID-19, recent challenges we’ve overcome as a result of the pandemic, and what we want our clients to know right now.
A new program, GBAC Star accreditation, is now available to venues and other event facilities. The protocol is “designed to help facilities establish a comprehensive system of cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention for their staff and their building.” At present, it is the only outbreak prevention certification offered by the cleaning industry.
As of third quarter 2020, the following event venues in the United States have received their accreditation:
- Anaheim Convention Center
- Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
- Georgia World Congress Center
- Las Vegas Convention Center
- Los Angeles Convention Center
- McCormick Place
- Miami Beach Convention Center
- Orange County Convention Center
- Walter E. Washington Convention Center
It is the hope of the exhibit industry that with improved cleaning protocol and enhanced safety precautions, events industry will see a rebound and more face-to-face events will safely resume.
Learn more about GBAC Star accreditation and what it means for you as an exhibitor on our GBAC Star accreditation blog post.
On July 24th, 2020, Condit virtually attended Together Again EXPO in solidarity with our industry. Hosted in-person at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, the experience showcased “education and resources for event professionals navigating new territory in promoting and producing smart and secure live engagement.” The event had more than 4,500 guests with representation from over 3,500 domestic and international organizations.
The Condit team found tremendous value in the virtual sessions, and we intend to incorporate these best practices, safety precautions, and other insights into our exhibiting recommendations for our existing customers and prospective clients going forward.
Event cancellations, postponements and closures due to COVID-19 have impacted nearly every industry imaginable. When they eventually resume, what can we anticipate for events?
We’ve prepared a list of possible safety practices for attendees, exhibitors, facilities, and show organizers as well as several booth designs for varying degrees of social distancing to continue the conversation with our industry, our clients, and our partners.
Throughout the month of June, show organizers, industry associations, and health agencies have released detailed safety guidelines concerning mass gatherings, trade shows, and other face-to-face events. Condit’s senior leadership team is diligently reviewing this documentation, and with the rest of the exhibitions industry, is engaging in proactive conversations about the future.
Condit’s Denver headquarters have successfully reopened and continue to operate with several key precautions in place, including personal protective equipment, gathering/meeting restrictions, and appropriate social distancing. We are available during our normal business hours of 8 am to 5 pm MDT to discuss trade show booth projects, corporate installations, museum exhibits, and anything else you might need. We are open and here for you.
Condit is honored to be a part of Go LIVE Together, advocating for support and protection of the events industry. Events create opportunities, accelerate innovation, and connect people to one another. Learn more about Go LIVE Together.
As we begin returning to the workplace, please consider Condit a resource for your facility. We now offer: custom sneeze guards and spray shields, hand sanitizer stations, face masks, antimicrobial flooring, safety graphics and decals, informational banners and backdrops – and more.
Learn about Condit’s COVID-19 Office Solutions
As of this morning, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has extended the city of Denver’s stay-at-home order through Friday, May 8th, postponing Condit’s soft opening until Monday, May 11th.
Yesterday afternoon, Governor Polis confirmed that the current shelter-in-place order will expire on April 26th. The state of Colorado has authorized businesses to reopen at 50% on-site capacity on Monday, May 4th. Condit’s Denver headquarters will reopen on Monday, May 4th with several key precautions in place, including personal protective equipment, gathering/meeting restrictions, and appropriate social distancing. While maintaining representation in each of the departments listed below, individual employees can elect to remain remote, work staggered schedules to minimize in-person contact, or implement any other measures they deem appropriate as Condit transitions into this new phase of COVID-19 response.
While we cannot predict the future, we are optimistic about what’s next. We understand the realities of exhibiting amidst the COVID-19 global pandemic, and we’re ready to fully support you, your brand, and your event marketing program in these uncertain times. We can ensure the successful execution of your remaining events in 2020 and help plan your trade show calendar for 2021 and beyond. As stated previously, we’re open for business and, with updated terms and conditions to protect our clients, we’ve already started on work for a number of shows later this year. And if you’re not exhibiting, consider some of our other other building and branding capabilities as solutions for your business, such as: corporate installations and office interiors; demo displays for your lobby or showroom; banner stands or backdrops for remote video-conferencing and more. We’re here to help.
Governer Polis has extended the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order for Colorado through April 26th. Condit continues its remote operations with representation in all key departments, including: sales, customer service, accounting, manufacturing, design, estimating, detailing, graphics, warehousing, project management, and marketing.
We are available during our normal business hours of 8 am to 5 pm MDT to discuss trade show booth projects, corporate installations, museum exhibits, and anything else you might need. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, Colorado Governor Jared Polis has issued a shelter-in-place order for the state of Colorado, beginning this morning, Thursday, March 26th at 8 am through Saturday, April 11th. This order, in tandem with the previous Denver-specific shelter-in-place issued by Mayor Michael Hancock, requires that we halt all on-site operations, including manufacturing and fabrication.
In the interim, all of our team members, from account executives and customer service representatives to our accounting staff and designers, are fully equipped to work remotely and to continue to provide the level of professionalism and attentiveness you have come to expect from Condit.
As noted below, we are available during our normal business hours of 8 am to 5 pm MDT to discuss trade show booth projects, corporate installations, museum exhibits, and anything else you might need. Get started online quickly and easily, or send us a message, and we’ll be in touch shortly.
Once the respective orders for the city of Denver and the state of Colorado are lifted and our team is able to return to our facility, we intend to resume normal production services immediately.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all work together to protect our community.
To our clients and partners,
Amid the widespread social and economic uncertainty driven by the global health crisis, the event business faces unprecedented challenges. In the span of a couple weeks, we have transitioned from a vibrant industry to one shaken by financial turmoil. As events and conferences cancel or postpone, our employees and clients are among those most gravely impacted. Many exhibit houses, unfortunately, will not make it through what lately seems like an all-out assault on our business. But let me tell you what we are doing to fight back.
We have taken significant cost-cutting measures to safeguard the viability of the business in the long and short term, including limited staff, shorter working hours, and reductions in overhead (turns out that lowering that thermostat and turning off the lights when you leave the room really do help…thanks, Mom and Dad!).
As a result of these and other actions, we feel that we are in good shape to ride out the turbulence in the industry for as long as necessary. We are a company with solid financials and a great reputation, and we plan to keep it that way.
The safety of our employees and our visiting clients must be our top priority during this time, and as a matter of course, we are following all applicable federal, state, and local guidelines. These seem to change almost daily, so we update policies accordingly as soon as they are announced. Rigorous cleaning in the building and our work spaces, social distancing, and virtual meetings have become the new norm. In addition, every employee is able to work remotely as and when needed. We like coming to the office and seeing our workmates (from a safe distance, of course), but we are ready to pivot at any time.
Our clients are the foundation of our business, and our success depends on you. You, too, have been at the mercy of Corona-driven cancellations and postponements, and believe me, we feel for you. Please know that we are here to help in any way we can. Maybe you’ve had your booth size changed or your budget’s been cut. We are ready with cost-saving solutions that might just let you get to that event that’s so important. And you can be sure you will continue to have the same level of great service that you have always enjoyed in the past. We’re all in this together, and we’re standing by to support you.
These are tough and uncertain times, and our company has been tested. But we’ve faced down challenges before, and we’ll face these. What will save us, in the end, is our amazing people, and how we treat each other. So, my message to the folks in our organization (other than that we will all be working really hard) is this: Be kind. Be helpful. Be patient. And above all…..stay healthy!
Dear Condit clients, partners, and vendors,
We want to let you know that, at present, Condit is open for business during our regular hours of operation from 8 am to 5 pm MDT, Monday through Friday. We are proud to say we are financially sound and otherwise well-equipped to weather the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are closely monitoring the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the World Health Organization to ensure the safety of our employees, customers, and other partners across the globe while still fulfilling our business obligations and meeting demand with minimal disruption.
If there is anything we can do to assist you, whether urgent or in the coming months, please do not hesitate to reach out to your account executive, project manager or other Condit contact. We are here and ready to help in any way possible.
Wishing you continued health and safety,