ANUFOOD China 2020 Notice Regarding Latest Coronavirus ( 2019-nCoV) Situation

Dear Participants,

Similarly to comparable cases in the past, Koelnmesse has initiated a level of heightened vigilance in view of a potential threat from the coronavirus at our trade fairs.

This includes us being in permanent dialogue with the health authorities, as well as intensive monitoring of worldwide reporting and official announcements from China.

The World Health Organization has recommended protective measures and called for increased international coordination. This does not entail any travel or trade restrictions. We rely on the statements issued by the German health authorities and World Health Organization. According to them, Germany is well prepared to identify, isolate and, where necessary, also to treat potential patients. In view of the recommendations of the World Health Organization, the German Federal Ministry of Health and the local health authorities, there is currently no reason to cancel major events such as those at Koelnmesse.

As things stand at the moment, all upcoming trade fairs in Cologne will be held as planned. Philipp Harting, chairman of AUMA – Association of the German Trade Fair Industry, in view of the Mobile World Congress cancellation in Barcelona: "In Germany, all trade fairs will take place as planned.” He emphasises that for the German trade fair organisers the health of present visitors, exhibitors and additional participants has top priority. But at the present there is no reason on part of the public health authorities to limit the realisation of trade shows in Germany.

The recently ended Internationale Süßwarenmesse ISM and ProSweets Cologne (02-05 February 2020) proceeded absolutely normally, and entirely unaffected by the Corona discussion. There were no noticeable impacts at the spoga horse FASHION DAYS (08-10 February 2020), either.

We have taken constructive prophylactic measures at our exhibition grounds and are informing our customers accordingly. We are installing additional disinfectant dispensers in the sanitary facilities and in central locations throughout the trade fair complex; this considered the most effective way to prevent transmission. Highly frequented areas of the exhibition grounds are also being cleaned at shorter intervals. Qualified doctors and paramedics at our medical stations are prepared for potential suspected cases and are available to answer your questions in situ. If a case of suspected infection should arise during the event, all spatial and organisational steps have been taken throughout the trade fair complex in order to take immediate remedial steps.Medical masks are not among the officially recommended measures. Due to delivery bottlenecks, we also cannot offer medical masks.

The Chinese Koelnmesse event interzum guangzhou (28-31 March 2020) has been postponed. A new date will be announced. EmTech ASIA (25-26 February 2020) in Singapore will also be postponed to 4 and 5 August 2020. The MIECF (26.-28.03.2020) in China is cancelled. At this time, plans remain in place for all other outbound Koelnmesse events to be carried out as scheduled.

Should individual exhibitors or visitors wish to cancel their participation, that is their individual decision. As the trade fairs are taking place, there are no grounds for claiming damages.

Our local subsidiary is supporting our Chinese exhibitors and visitors there and keeping them updated.

Should the situation or official recommendations change, we will reassess matters, act accordingly and naturally inform you immediately.