Europe’s largest tech conference – The Web Summit – will return in person in Lisbon this November, according to the event’s organizers, after it was held online last year due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic.
The organizers of the tech summit said they were in constant contact with health authorities to prepare the event in a coronavirus-free environment, but that a decision had not yet been made as to whether the conference would require wearing face masks or testing for the virus. However, the conference venue is being prepared to ensure the possibility of social distancing, and the elements of the event will be broadcast online as it was previously done before the pandemic.
According to the Portuguese government’s plans, the procedures for wearing face masks in open spaces will be lifted in September, but they are still mandatory in large gatherings and closed places.
The summit, which is scheduled to take place between 1-4 November, will be attended by more than 1,000 speakers and 1,250 startups. It is reported that 104,000 people attended the electronic conference last year, while the organizers expect more than 40,000 people to come to the conference this year. Noting that the 2019 conference witnessed the sale of nearly 70,500 thousand attendance cards.
The number of daily infections in Portugal with the Corona virus also increased during June and early July to levels not seen in the country since February, when a harsh quarantine was imposed, but the numbers returned to decline since late July with the continuation of vaccination campaigns with the vaccine, as 71% of the Portuguese population has received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and 62% of them have completed their full doses.