Pitti Immagine has always considered the protection of health to be an essential and indispensable value.
For this reason, it has not only applied the official protocol for containing and contrasting the spread of Covid-19, but has also put in place additional measures for ensuring the safety of people participating in and visiting the fairs that will be held in the Fortezza da Basso from January 2021.  This level of attention will accompany everyone from their arrival in Florence, as they enter the fair and during the time they spend at the event, right up to their return home. 

We have followed and applied all the guidelines of the fair organizer associations (EMECA - European Major Exhibition Centres Association, UFI - Union Foires Internationales, AEFI - Associazione Enti Fieristici Italiani and CFI - Comitato Fiere Industria), the Italian Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and are working in order to ensure that, in addition to being safe, the time spent at the Fortezza is also pleasant and functional.

GREEN CORRIDORS

WHAT ARE THEY: the Italian government has organized so-called Green Corridors, preferential lanes that allow foreign exhibitors and visitors to avoid having to go into fiduciary isolation (quarantine) upon arrival in Italy. 

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO: on boarding it is necessary to present to the carrier (airline, train company) and competent authorities, a statement certifying the negative result of a molecular or antigen test carried out by means of a swab in the 72 hours prior to arrival. Visitors who are required to have an entry visa must obtain a visa for work purposes.

DURATION: the provisions shall be valid for stays of a maximum of 120 hours (5 days).

WHICH DOCUMENTS SHOULD BE PRESENTED:
We strongly recommend you to fill in Annex 1 and to keep a copy, to show it to airport control authorities in addition the other documentation required and bring it with you throughout the whole stay in the country.

SOURCES:
Ministry of Health Guidelines
MAECI (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation): Focus on travels to and from Italy
 

BEFORE THE FAIR

Pre-registration and buying a digital ticket

  • Compulsory online pre-registration
  • Ticket office and payments exclusively online: it will not be possible to buy the ticket at the entrances to the Fortezza
  • Paper admission badges will not be available

Booking appointments

It will be possible to contact exhibitors and plan appointments through the Pitti Connect digital platform before the fair starts
 

Layout design

The Pitti Immagine architects will be at the disposal of exhibitors to design safe and functional solutions.

 

ENTERING THE FAIR

Different entrances

Different entrances for buyers, exhibitors, press, in order to guarantee orderly and monitored flows and social distancing.

Temperature checks

Temperature scanners at the entrances: people with a temperature of over 37.5 will not be allowed to enter the fair.

Sanitizing facilities

Disinfectant gel distribution points at the entrances, inside the pavilions and all around the fair complex.

Face masks

It will be compulsory for everyone to wear a face mask in order to enter or stay inside the Fortezza.  Masks will be provided to anyone who does not have one.

Safety signs

All safety rules and general regulations will be communicated at the fair through specific information signs.

AT THE FAIR

Cleaning and sanitization

  • Cleaning and sanitization of all ambients by specialist companies, paying particular attention to bathroom facilities
  • Ongoing sanitization of the climatization system, ensuring an adequate exchange of air
  • Periodic and constant emptying and sanitization of the wastepaper baskets.

Flow Management

  • Compulsory routes in order to guarantee correct social distancing and constant monitoring of the situation
  • Separate entrances and exits in the Pavilions with adequately signposted routes
  • Management of flows all around the Fortezza and in the individual Pavilions
  • Reorganization of the communal spaces and areas of transit

In the Stands

  • The exhibitors shall guarantee compliance with the rules and adequately manage visitor flows
  • Documentation testifying that the collections displayed have been sanitized will be requested
  • Distribution of disinfectant gel

Medical facilities

  • The medical facilities will be expanded with a medical room and an isolation area for any suspected cases
  • Presence of qualified personnel and a crisis management protocol for handling emergency situations.

CATERING

  • Food and beverage areas organized in such a way as to guarantee compliance with social distancing rules
  • Personnel will wear with gloves, face masks, disposable gowns
  • Use of single portion boxes made of single use material
  • Preference for contactless methods of payment

SERVICES

Car parks and shuttle buses

  • The parking and transport services will be expanded, in complete safety
  • Connecting shuttle buses between airports, hotels and the fair: these will be sanitized, provided with disinfectant, the wearing of masks on board will be compulsory and traveler numbers will be programmed. 
  • There will be protective barriers for isolating drivers from the passengers.

Left luggage and coat check

  • Clothing and personal items handed in to the coat check and left luggage facilities in the Fortezza da Basso will be placed in single use bags.
  • The left luggage service on platform 16 of the Santa Maria Novella Railroad station will be improved to guarantee more storage space.