Interzoo 2020 Postponed Due to Coronavirus
In view of the current situation pertaining to the spread of the coronavirus in Germany and in Europe, the organizers of Interzoo 2020 postponed the event to a later date yet to be determined.
In each of Germany’s 16 federal states infections have been recorded, and the German Federal Ministry of Health recommended that major events with more than 1,000 participants should be called off. On March 12, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel advised citizens to carefully scrutinise whether or not to participate at any event, including gatherings attracting less than 1,000 participants.
Given the current situation and its extremely dynamic proportions, paired with the unforeseeable consequences of the pandemic, Wirtschaftsgemeinschaft Zoologischer Fachbetriebe GmbH (WZF) as Interzoo organizer, as well as NürnbergMesse GmbH (as assigned partner for the organization of the event) are unable to sufficiently guarantee for the health of all trade fair participants if the event were to take place in May as scheduled.
“Our decision is based on the WHO’s recommendations as well as the German Robert Koch Institute’s risk catalogue ‘General Principles of Risk Assessment and Recommended Procedures for Major Events,’” said Alexandra Facklamm, WZF managing director. “Holding Interzoo in May 2020 is unfortunately impossible.”
Interzoo is the world’s leading trade fair for the global pet supplies industry, attracting trade visitors from more than 120 countries.
“Until recently, all indications were that the May 2020 trade fair would prove to be a highly successful event,” said Dr. Rowena Arzt, WZF’s director exhibitions. “Exhibitors and visitors alike expect the global industry’s premier trade fair to provide them with sterling international trade contacts and excellent opportunities for business.
“Based on the current situation, it is impossible for an event in May to honor this performance bond,” said Arzt. “Apart from the self-evident health risk, the massive travel restrictions currently experienced do not allow unimpeded transnational traffic.”
Interzoo 2020 was scheduled to take place from May 19 to 22 in Nuremberg.