As the exhibition industry is important to the economic recovery, governments are planning to reopen exhibitions and tradeshows. The followings are the updates in different countries:
Hong Kong 香港
After 16 consecutive days with no confirmed cases, the Hong Kong government announced to lift some of the social distancing measures regarding the scheduled premises and group gathering in public places on 5 May. Places of amusement such as theatres, beauty parlours, fitness centres etc. were allowed to resume operation on 8 May. Also, senior high school students will resume classes on 27 May while junior high school students and primary school students will resume classes in June by phases. Economic activities like the exhibition industry are recovering. The first exhibition will be held on 22 May in HKCEC. For HKCEC event schedule, please click here.
Guangdong Province 广东省
On 8 May, Head of Health Commission of Guangdong Province, Mr. Duan announced in the press conference that the CONVID-19 Emergency Response Level was adjusted from “Level 2” to “Level 3”. Implementing disease prevention and control measures was set as the precondition for public premises such as shopping malls, supermarkets, hotels,restaurants etc. to fully reopen. Through advance booking and limiting the number of participants, parks, tourist attractions, sports centres, indoor premises (libraries and museums), and all kinds of conferences and exhibitions were allowed to reopen.
In accordance with health and personal precautions, German government agreed to exclude tradeshows and exhibitions from mass gatherings on 6 May. Trade fair could be resumed in the second half of the year. Mr Jörn Holtmeier, managing director of AUMA – Association of the German Trade Fair Industry said “This is an important step in direction of rebooting the trade fair industry. As exhibitions are platforms for innovation and cooperation, they will stimulate the recovery of the German economy in the short and medium run.”
The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has made an ‘urgent’ call to both Federal and State Governments to distinguish exhibitions and business events from mass gatherings, in an attempt to expedite a restart date for domestic events in the Australian market. EEAA Chief Executive, Claudia Sagripanti said “It is vitally important that both the Federal and State Government understand that the business event industry can operate under a controlled set of ‘bio-safe’ principles and should not be subject to the ‘mass gathering’ restrictions that apply to other large-scale public events.”
大洋洲展览和活动协会（EEAA）已紧急呼吁联邦政府和澳州政府将展览和商业活动与群众聚会区分开，以加快澳洲市场国内活动的重启日期。 EEAA首席执行官Claudia Sagripanti表示，「至关重要的是，联邦政府和州政府都应了解商业活动行业可以在⼀套受控的安全原则下运作，并且不应受制于群众聚会的限制。」
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