Back to attendance? SWISSMEM passes the test!

24 June 2021  —  News  —  by Luca Grassi
The SWISSMEM Industry Day was held at the Palazzo dei Congressi, the first "pilot" congress in the post-covid era.

Swiss industry meets in Lugano

SWISSMEM Industry Day is the main annual event of the Swiss engineering and electrical industry (MEM industry). This year's event, thanks to the improvement of the health situation, was the first to take place in presence at Palazzo dei Congressi. In fact, It was chosen as one of the three events accepted by the Canton Ticino as a pilot event to be carried out in presence, in compliance with all the health regulations in force.

Under the title "Free trade - engine for prosperity and sustainability", around 450 participants from all over Switzerland met on Thursday 24 June at the Palazzo dei Congressi in Lugano. The 2021 edition was opened by the President of Swiss Confederation Guy Parmelin. Then, the chairman of SWISSMEM Martin Hirzel took the floor, followed by the Ticino councilor Christian Vitta.

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Tests of normality

«A great organizational challenge - underlined Hirzel - but we are really grateful to have been hosted by Ticino. A first return to normality as well as human contact. I was afraid that if we had to cancel one more time the Industry Day this year, next year no one would show up again, due to lack of social relations.».

Actually, a total protection plan has been drawn up. Only people who were vaccinated, cured or tested could enter. For those who could not prove they have no coronavirus symptoms, a pavilion with rapid tests was organized at the entrance. Inside, refreshments and information points had to be dispensed with, to avoid crowds. For the same reason, during the lunch break, guests were invited to enjoy the beautiful day outside, at Parco Ciani. "We are really satisfied with how things went on - the Head of health safety told us -. They are all very disciplined. In addition, in order for everyone to arrive prepared, a PCR-spit test, carried out by the Geneva-based company MyBio-Passport, was sent to all the guests before the event: well, all the results were processed within 40 hours. Very efficient ". (Source: CdT 06-24-2021)

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