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UFI welcomes move by German authorities
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The German government has decided to pave a way for exhibitions and trade shows in the country to reopen. UFI as the Global Association for the Exhibition Industry welcomes this move. In its list of measures on dealing with the current COVID-19 pandemic, Germany has taken the step to segment "mass gatherings", explicitly highlighting out trade shows and exhibitions as types of events that can be allowed again. While most types of mass gatherings remain banned in the country until the end of August, the 16 German states now have authority to give the go-ahead for trade shows and exhibitions, based on a number of preconditions being met – like limiting the number of participants and approved health and safety measures. As the first German state, North Rhine-Westphalia, where Koelnmesse and Messe Düsseldorf reside, has decided that it intends to allow topical (i.e. B2B) trade shows and conferences to start again from May 30 if (yet to be specified) conditions are met. "We are advocating that not all types of events are equal, and it is encouraging to see that this message has reached the government of one of the world's most important exhibition markets", says Mary Larkin, UFI president. "Every exhibition is an organised event – as an industry, we know how to create conditions where attendees can go about their business while taking the necessary precautions in the age of COVID19." (kf) ufi.org/media-releases
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