LogiMAT 2020 Going forward as planned
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany’s central government agency responsible for disease control and prevention, still assesses the risk from the coronavirus to the health of the population in Germany as low to moderate. The local health authorities in Esslingen also see no heightened risk for exhibitors and visitors to the Messe Stuttgart convention center and the events hosted there.
So far, cancellations have been received from only a few exhibitors, primarily from China and Italy.
The German government’s coronavirus crisis management team decided on 28 February that large-scale events such as trade shows can generally continue as planned. Events must, however, first undergo a risk assessment based on a comprehensive RKI checklist of criteria. RKI is continuously assessing the current situation, evaluating all information, and estimating the risk to the population in Germany. The health risk to the population in Germany is still seen as low to moderate.
The decision as to whether to hold trade shows and large-scale events still falls to organizers in consultation with local health authorities. This policy was confirmed by the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA) in its latest announcement on “Trade Fairs in Germany: Coronavirus” last weekend.
The latest information on the measures coordinated jointly with Messe Stuttgart on the basis of the instructions of local health authorities have been posted by the event organizer on the LogiMAT website under www.logimat-messe.de/en/coronavirus. Exhibitors and visitors alike can check the latest updates here daily.
Persons who have been in areas classified as “areas of risk” by RKI in the last 14 days may not enter the convention center grounds for LogiMAT either during the event or during the setup and dismantling periods. All exhibitors from such areas and countries have been notified of these measures and must disclose the relevant information in advance of LogiMAT. A total of 72 exhibitors have had to cancel so far (as of 1 March), including seven from Italy and 41 from China.
In addition, event organizer Euroexpo will join Messe Stuttgart in taking all necessary measures on site at the convention center, which will go far beyond installing numerous dispensers for disinfectant. There will also be a vigorous campaign to clean and disinfect the facility, especially the restrooms, handrails, elevators, and (door) handles.