On September 1, 2020 the ban on trade fairs and conferences in Bavaria was lifted. This follows the Bavarian State Government’s decision in mid-June to ratify proposals from the Bavarian trade fair industry that allow trade fairs to be held in full compliance with the latest health and safety regulations. Next month, from October 14 to 15, 2020, the EXPO REAL Hybrid Summit on the exhibition grounds in Munich will be following these protocols to the letter. Ticket holders will be able to actively participate in the summit both on site and online.
Germany’s federal and state governments have agreed to extend their ban on major events until the end of 2020. However, after talks between federal and state-level governments on August 27, 2020, the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA) confirmed that trade fairs are not covered by the extended restrictions.
“Over the last few weeks we have been working flat out to develop the best possible health and safety protocols for our events. Yes, trade fairs are major events, but, unlike folk or music festivals, we can implement comprehensive contact tracing systems and guarantee full compliance with health and hygiene regulations. With our health and safety protocols in place, the risk of infection is no higher than in a DIY or grocery store,” says Klaus Dittrich, Chairman and CEO of Messe München.
The proposals developed by the Bavarian trade fair industry and ratified by the Bavarian state government define strict standards for physical distancing, hygiene and participant traceability. “These binding standards provide a solid foundation to get business going again and give the economy as a whole a welcome boost,” explains Klaus Dittrich.
Messe München has developed a comprehensive catalog of measures to ensure the standards are effectively implemented. The protocols for the EXPO REAL Hybrid Summit in October include, for example:
Claudia Boymanns, Exhibition Director EXPO REAL, is looking forward to the Hybrid Summit in October with confidence: “Thanks to our comprehensive health and hygiene protocols, we are taking the greatest possible precautions to guarantee the safety of participants at this year’s event. The health and safety of our stakeholders is our number one priority. We are committed to giving the real estate industry and investors precisely what they want and need—an unmissable conference and networking platform—even under strict corona-proof conditions. That’s why we have chosen a new motto for this year’s event: Coming together, staying safe together.”