Trade fair Halal Hannover has been postponed due to fears over the outbreak of COVID-19, organiser Deutsche Messe said in a statement on Tuesday (Mar 3).
"The Hannover Region Health Authority has strongly advised Deutsche Messe AG to follow the advice of the Robert Koch Institute. These include comprehensive measures for health protection when organizing events," said the organiser.
The Robert Koch Institute is Germany's public health institute.
The institute's advice for events organisers amid the COVID-19 is to install fever measuring stations at all entrances, as well as the implementation of the measure not to admit participants from risk areas and to refuse access to events to participants who have had contact with people from risk areas, said Deutsche Messe.
"Deutsche Messe is unable to meet these requirements in the short term. In addition, their implementation would have the effect of impairing the smooth running of the events to such an extent that the purpose of the planned event could not be achieved, or could only be achieved with considerable restrictions, either for exhibitors or for visitors."
The new date for Halal Hannover is currently being determined, said the organiser.
Halal Hannover's postponement due to COVID-19 follows that of Malaysia's biggest halal trade fair MIHAS, that was scheduled for April 1-4. MIHAS organisers said it will be moved to September 1-4.
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