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AJA Video Systems drops out of NAB; LVCC preps for coronavirus

Las Vegas Convention Center taking a number of steps to prevent the spread of Covid-19

AJA Video Systems has announced that with a “heavy heart” it has decided to pull out of NAB 2020 due to coronavirus.

The company said it had made the decision “out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our employees and partners worldwide.”

“AJA is a community-based company with a majority of our staff, product development and manufacturing located in Grass Valley, California and in light of the risks presented by Covid-19, having a physical presence at NAB posed too great of a risk,” it said.

Meanwhile, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, which runs the Las Vegas Convention Center that will host the 2020 NAB Show, has revealed a number of efforts it is taking to help prevent the transmission of coronavirus.

The LVCVA said it has taken a number of steps at the LVCC to prevent the spread of the disease, including:

  • Increased cleaning protocols, including more frequent wiping and disinfecting of touch points (door handles, elevator buttons, handrails, restroom stall doors and sinks) during occupied show hours;
  • Added additional hand sanitiser stations;
  • Increased the outside air intake/air change rate during occupied show hours;
  • Reinforced its standard employee health practices, including sending employees home and/or encouraging them to stay home if sick or demonstrating symptoms;
  • Reinforced its standard food safety awareness programmes, including making alcohol-based hand gel/rub available at every food station and every table at food outlets; and
  • Continuing to participate in webinars and conference calls with the International Association of Venue Managers to stay up on new practices, protocols and guidance

The 2020 NAB Show is scheduled to take place 18th-22nd April at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and as of now the show is set to continue as planned.