The drupa trade fair scheduled for June 16-26, 2020 will be postponed to April 20-30, 2021. In doing so, Messe Dusseldorf is following the recommendation of the crisis management team of the German Federal Government to take into account the principles of the Robert Koch Institute when assessing the risk of major events.
Based on this recommendation and the recent significant increase in the number of people infected with COVID-19 (coronavirus), including in Europe, Messe Dusseldorf has reassessed the situation. In addition, there was the general ruling issued by the city of Dusseldorf on March 11, in which major events with more than 1,000 participants present at the same time are generally prohibited.
"The decision was taken in close consultation with our advisory boards and sponsoring associations," emphasizes Werner Dornscheidt, chairman of the Board of Management of Messe Dusseldorf GmbH. "As their partner, we are currently doing everything in our power to reduce the economic losses suffered by our exhibitors."
"The city of Dusseldorf is following the instructions of the state government. Our aim is to slow down the spread of the coronavirus so that the health system can continue to function properly" emphasizes Thomas Geisel, Lord Mayor of the state capital of Dusseldorf and chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Dusseldorf trade fair company.
Delaying the spread of the virus as far as possible is also a declared goal of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). In order to fulfill Messe Dusseldorf's responsibility for risk prevention, the company primarily had to minimize the increased risk of infection at major events. Measures to reduce the risk of transmission at major events, which the Robert Koch Institute has clearly defined--ventilation of the venue appropriate to the risk of infection, the exclusion of persons from risk groups and the comprehensive installation of entrance screening--were practically impossible to implement. Also, comparable measures were and are unreasonable in view of the unforeseeable rapid development and the size of the various events with up to 60,000 participants.
drupa president Claus Bolza-Schunemann also agrees with this: "A postponement of drupa was unavoidable after the latest developments. The decision is...