The Canadian, Mechanical and Plumbing Expo (CMPX) have released a statement that the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) fundraising Gala for Habitat for Humanity and CMPX trade show will move forward.
“In recent days, CMPX show staff have received a number of inquiries about the viability of this event in the wake of the coronavirus,” said Dennis Kozina, CMPX show committee chairman and member of the Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada. “I would like to confirm that the show is going on as scheduled. We continue to monitor updates and take direction from both Public Health Agency of Canada and Toronto Public Health.”
The world has been rocked by the recent, rapid spread of the coronavirus – COVID 19. CMPX isn’t alone in questioning whether the recent pandemic will halt preparations. There have even been conversation about whether the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will go on as scheduled.
Stakeholders involved with CMPX reviewed the current situation and made the decision to go as scheduled. “The health and safety are our foremost concern and has not been taken lightly for our members and customers with this decision. With proper precautions, we feel that the risk is not significant and since these events are highly anticipated by our industry, we should proceed,” added Kozina.
As a precaution, there will be hand sanitizing stations at all entrances. There will also be hand sanitizers at the Gala Reception Desk, CIPH booth, and Canadian Hydronics Council booth at the show.
For those that are still concerned, the press release offers the following advice to help reduce the risk of infection:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
- Stay home if you are sick;
- Cover your mouth and nose with your arm or tissues to reduce the spread of germs;
- Dispose of any tissues you have used into the garbage as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards; and
- Avoid visiting people in hospitals or long-term care centres if you are sick.
CMPX will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, March 25-27. Over 500 exhibitors will display their latest products and technologies at the show, which will run from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on March 25 and 26, and from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. on the final day of the show.
The show has been running since 1972 and is jointly produced by HRAI and CIPH. For more information or to register, please visit www.cmpxshow.ca.