Good news is coming out of Germany. The national government of Germany and the 16 Länder (states) have agreed that trade fairs are now on the list of activities to be held when possible – rather than the former classification where they were placed alongside sporting events, folk festivals, concerts and the like, which remain banned until the end of August.
The decision means that trade fairs, on principle, could run again. The decision will be up to each state and will depend on clear regulations for the health and safety of all those involved. AUMA – Association of the German Trade Fair Industry – has already submitted proposals for these regulations to the country’s policy makers.
The German government has also announced that “an emergency brake” will be pulled if any region’s weekly contagion rate exceeds 50 infected persons per 100,000 inhabitants.
After China’s first major exhibition in Hunan province last week, Germany becomes the second of the world’s three largest markets for the exhibition industry to take a major step forward in reopening trade fair business.
North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is planning events for after May 30
Following the German government’s announcement, the North Rhine-Westphalia region reported that it has already begun working to hold fairs after May 30, 2020 – following strict health, prevention and safety protocols.