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The Hannover Messe attracts around 200,000 visitors from all branches of industry every year. The latest events surrounding the corona virus raise the question of whether this number will be maintained in 2020.

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Feb 25, 2020

Cancellation of the Mobile World Congress, sharp drop in the number of exhibitors at Embedded World, postponement of Light+Building - the industry is beginning to wonder what will become of this year's Hannover Messe. The trade fair company is still assuming that the event can take place despite the corona virus. But it would not be the first time that this statement has not been true.

The coronavirus continues to spread, whirling around one industry event after another in germany. First it was the MWC, which was cancelled at short notice, then the numerous exhibitors who stayed away from Embedded World and, most recently, Light+Building, which the organisers have postponed by six months.

The question now arises as to the most important industry event of the year: the Hannover Messe in April. According to a press release issued by the organiser, the authorities currently assess that there is no risk of infection from the corona virus Covid-19, with the Robert Koch Institute and the Hanover Region Health Authority responsible for Deutsche Messe assessing the risk of infection in Germany as "very low".

All trade fairs in Hannover are therefore to take place as planned.

Precautionary measures at Hannover Messe

The press release issued by Deutsche Messe literally states that the safety and health of all employees, customers, partners and guests are the top priority. The organizer is therefore in constant communication with the responsible health authorities and implements their recommendations and instructions accordingly. This includes first and foremost increased cleaning and hygiene measures. This applies especially to heavily frequented areas such as entrances, door handles, escalator runs and so on. Additional disinfectant dispensers should also be distributed on the premises.

During the events, medical personnel trained in infectious diseases will also be available on the site. Deutsche Messe also refers to its well-established emergency management and experience from previous special situations. The current situation is reassessed daily by a task force set up specifically for this purpose, writes the trade fair company.

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