We want to assure buyers that we have created a safe and healthy environment that exceeds the recommendations and mandates from national and local health officials.” — Cindy Morris, president and CEO
Following eight months of successful trade events, Dallas Market Center is updating health and safety guidelines for all 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.
“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,” said Cindy Morris, president and 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.”
The full, updated COVID-19 safety guidelines are available via the front page of the Dallas Market Center website.
What to Expect at Market
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.
Supporting the business of retail and design, more than 90 percent of showrooms will be open including 150 showrooms that are new, expanded or relocated. Pre-registration by buyers is steady, and includes buyers registering for the FastPass for quick, low-contact entry.
Dallas Market Center will continue to update health and safety guidelines as conditions warrant. The latest national data show that Texas ranks 34th among 50 states in COVID-19 cases per 100,000. Furthermore, local data show that the Dallas Market Center is in one of the least vulnerable ZIP codes in the state. Increasing case counts are located in ZIP codes more than 500 miles away—roughly the same distance from Dallas as Kansas City.
Dallas Market Center has created a series of trade events in January with strict attention to health and safety. Those events 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).
In addition to January markets, Dallas Market Center will hold dozens of trade events in 2021 supporting buyers on their schedule. A complete calendar is available on the Dallas Market Center website. To prepare for a market visit, review the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center mobile app.