Dallas Market Center Announces Updated Health & Safety Policies and Guidelines for June Markets
—Face Covering Requirement to Continue; On-site COVID Testing Service Available; Shuttles Return; Limited Number of Socially Distanced Events to Take Place—
DALLAS – April 30, 2021 – Dallas Market Center, following more than ten months of successful trade events serving loyal buyers and a record number of new buyers from all 50 states, has announced updated health and safety policies and guidelines for June markets including Apparel & Accessories Market, Total Home & Gift Market, Lightovation, and KidsWorld.
Continuing health & safety efforts will include mandatory face coverings for everyone entering the marketplace. Social distancing will also remain in place as will concierge COVID-19 testing available on-site. Shuttles will return for June markets and a limited number of socially distanced special events will occur. The updated Plan Ahead, Safely guidelines are available via the front page of the Dallas Market Center website.
“It’s important to maintain what’s working best and recommended by health authorities as we anticipate a tremendous series of summer events with loyal buyers and many first-time attendees,” said Cindy Morris, president and CEO. “Our continuing health and safety efforts together with having several of the first shows of the summer and the national debut of lots of new products will motivate buyers choosing a single marketplace to fulfil all of their needs. But it gets better: national trends such as the rapid vaccination roll-out, economic momentum, and retail strength only add to our anticipation of uniquely successful summer markets in Dallas.”
The announcement follows a sharp and sustained decline in regional, state and local COVID-19 cases. According to the latest data from the CDC, Texas is in the center of the safest zone in the U.S. At the same time, Texas ranks second among vaccinations administered among 50 states. A full review of the latest cases and vaccination numbers is available in a Dallas Market Center blog post: https://blog.dallasmarketcenter.com/covid-and-texas-case-counts-in-sharp-decline-10-million-vaccinated.
Shuttles will once again be available at June Markets including hotel and campus routes. As well, on-site testing for COVID-19 will be available via Kai Medical Laboratory. The testing is optional and fee-based. The testing is a PCR test with results in 24 hours--the type of test most often required for travelers. The location is WTC 170, on the first floor of the World Trade Center, and testing hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
A limited number of attendance-optional special events will take place during June Markets including the HEARTS Awards, Gourmet Gold Awards, and lighting events including Showroom of the Year and Lighting After Dark. These events, in smaller formats than previous editions and produced with social distancing measures, will recognize and celebrate retail and manufacturer achievements.
Dallas Market Center’s health and safety guidelines cover facility operations, registration, food and beverage service, shuttles, and other important topics. Along with these new measures, there are safety features that are part of the natural design of the marketplace: open parking, large entryways, quick registration in multiple areas, wide hallways, multiple escalators to every floor, and showrooms with controlled access to allow for the appropriate distance between customers.
This summer only Dallas Market Center presents the most complete collection of new and best-selling products across multiple categories including gift, home décor, lighting, holiday and floral, housewares, gourmet, apparel & accessories, artisan products, and more. The marketplace includes the largest residential lighting trade events in North America; the largest and most successful open-daily design center; dominant trade events for gift, home décor, holiday and floral; and the nation’s most comprehensive apparel and accessories marketplace featuring the latest styles from East Coast and West Coast designers.
About Dallas Market Center
Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America for lifestyle products including western apparel and accessories, home décor, furniture, gifts, lighting and fashion for women, men, and children. Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus near downtown Dallas, nearly 200,000 customers, including retailers and interior designers from all 50 states and 85 countries, seek industry trends, business education and new products via open-daily showrooms and from exhibitors participating in trade events held throughout the year. The Dallas Market Center website is available at dallasmarketcenter.com.