As COVID-19 positivity numbers rise nationwide one month before 2021 trade show and market season kicks off, the Dallas Market Center (DMC) has announced updated health and safety guidelines for its January markets. New measures include a 50-percent occupancy limit across campus and no gatherings including special events.

The new efforts have been added to existing protocols under the Plan Ahead, Safely guidelines that include mandatory face coverings and a temperature checks for everyone entering the marketplace. The comprehensive guidelines cover facility operations, registration, food and beverage service, shuttles, employee screening, and other important topics. The updated Plan Ahead, Safely guidelines are available via the front page of its website www.dallasmarketcenter.com

“As buyers plan their trip to January markets, we want to assure them that we have created a safe and healthy environment that exceeds the recommendations and mandates from national and local health officials,” says Cindy Morris, President & CEO. “Our policies and our experience over the last eight months, together with design features including large parking lots, wide entries and hallways, and multiple escalators, create the safest possible environment among all market centers and trade events.”

Given the large size of DMC’s buildings, the 50-percent capacity limit still allows for all customers to attend shows in January. Showrooms will communicate capacity limits to arriving guests as well as their own procedures for social distancing and hospitality. Gatherings, including special events such as the previously scheduled HEARTS Awards and Lighting After Dark party will not occur. In their place will be socially distanced hospitality including roving carts and grab-and-go happy hours.

Food service at market will include multiple outlets open every day. Seated dining and take-away options will be available. Check the market pages on the DMC website or the DMC app for complete details.

DMC’s health and safety guidelines will continue to be updated as conditions warrant.

DMC’s trade events in January include Total Home and Gift Market (January 6-12); Lightovation: Dallas International Lighting Show (January 7-10); WESA’s International Western/English Apparel & Equipment Market, the AETA International Trade Show, and AETA Temps (January 14-17); Dallas Apparel & Accessories Market, and Kidsworld Market (January 12-15).

To prepare for a market visit, review the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center mobile app. Also, keep up-to-date on all information by visiting Dallas Market Center on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the DMC Daily Dose blog.