As Coronavirus crisis continues Drupa 2020 postponed to April 2021
As the Coronavirus crisis continues, news releases are being flashed out about cancellation or postponement of events and exhibitions in various sectors including printing. The latest in the news is drupa 2020 which is being postponed to April 2021. The drupa 2021 will be held from 20-30 April 2021, according to an official announcement.
Messe Düsseldorf, the organisers of drupa took the decision following the recommendation of the crisis management team of the German Federal Government, based on the study of the Robert Koch Institute which is assessing the risk of major events. Based on the significant rise in the number of cases reported worldwide including in Europe, Messe Düsseldorf had reassess the situation and declare the postponement of drupa. In addition, as per the general ruling issued by the city of Düsseldorf on 11 March 2020, major events with more than 1,000 participants present at the same time are prohibited.
Commenting on the postponement of drupa2020, “Werner M. Dornscheidt, Chairman of the Board of Management of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, said: “After the daily news about the development of the Corona virus worldwide, there were intensive discussions between our headquarters and the health authorities in Germany. The decision of Messe Düsseldorf to postpone drupa 2020 was not an easy one for everyone involved but this move was necessary for Messe Düsseldorf and its customers in view of the increasingly dynamic developments.”
He adds: “The decision was taken in close consultation with our advisory boards and sponsoring associations. It also reflects the wishes of individual industries. And as their partner, we are currently doing everything in our power to reduce the economic losses suffered by our exhibitors.”
The top official says that measures to reduce the risk of transmission at major events, which the Robert Koch Institute has clearly defined – such as ventilation of the venue appropriate to the risk of infection, the exclusion of persons from risk groups and the comprehensive installation of entrance screening, were practically impossible to implement. Also, comparable measures were and are unreasonable in view of the unforeseeable rapid development and the size of the various events with up to 60,000 participants.
According to drupa president Claus Bolza-Schünemann the postponement of drupa was unavoidable after the latest developments. Many exhibitors start their logistical preparations middle of March – thus, the timely announcement of the postponement will enable all those affected to react now.”
“We have responsibility towards our exhibitors, partners and visitors who participate at our events. The organisers have announced that visitor tickets / ticket vouchers already purchased will remain valid for the new date,” he concludes.