Covid latest: BTHA issues safety update ahead of January’s Toy Fair

With the London Toy Fair just weeks way and the Omicron coronavirus variant becoming a global concern, the British Toy and Hobby Association has issued a press statement regarding the safety precautions it is taking to safeguard visitors to the January event.

“In light of the recent update from Government with regards to the new Omicron coronavirus variant, the BTHA would like to reassure the industry that whilst there are no mandated changes to guidance for large indoor events such as Toy Fair, our preparations for the January event are full steam ahead and we are working closely with Olympia to ensure all necessary measures are taken to protect the health and safety of all our participants,” says Majen Immink, Director of Fairs & Special Events. “This includes enhanced cleaning operations, an improved ventilation system, multiple hand sanitisation points, use a of a second point of entry/exit (via the National Hall foyer) and mandatory COVID status checks for ALL participants.

“We will continue to track the industry and government (both local and national) guidance closely, including any mandated changes in restrictions such as compulsory mask wearing and will update participants accordingly.

“We very much look forward to welcoming the industry to Toy Fair in January in a safe and productive environment.”


About Tessa Clayton

A former Chief Sub of Red magazine, Tessa Clayton is the Digital Editor of and ToyNews. As a freelance journalist she specialised in writing about parenting and family life, and has contributed to a wide variety of publications and websites including Tesco online, Mother & Baby, Livingetc, Junior, Boots Health & Beauty, Practical Parenting and Get in touch at

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