After mass events had just been cancelled worldwide, it was only a matter of time before the NAB publicly announced its cancellation. After many exhibitors and participants had already cancelled their presence at the fair, the organizer himself pulled the rip cord. On the website of the show it says literally
"In the interest of considering the health and safety concerns of our stakeholders and in consultation with partners from the entire media and entertainment industry, we have decided not to continue the NAB Show in April.
This was not an easy decision. Fortunately, we did not have to make this decision alone and we are grateful to our NAB Show community for joining us in addressing this rapidly evolving situation. This show is as much yours as it is ours, and it is important to us that we move forward together.
Whether it will be only a postponement or a complete cancellation for this year has not yet been decided. Of course, this is also primarily related to the further course of the distribution, which nobody can yet seriously predict.
What is almost certain is that all the measures that are being decided on in the federal states these days will have an effect on case numbers in two weeks at the earliest and that we should therefore probably continue to expect drastically increasing case numbers until the end of March.
The organizers of Photokina 2020 (27.-30.5) have also made a further statement on their website today to this effect and do not yet want to commit themselves to a definitive cancellation:
"For each individual Koelnmesse event, we will evaluate the recommendations of the responsible authorities regarding major events and, as in the past, will make our decisions after careful consideration. According to the current status, preparations for photokina will continue as planned for the date set. We look forward to your participation.
On site, we will provide information about sensible prophylactic measures. We are increasingly offering disinfectants, which are considered the most effective means of preventing transmission. Highly frequented terrain areas will also be cleaned with increased frequency. Qualified doctors and paramedics in our medical stations are prepared for possible suspicious cases and are available to answer any questions you may have on site. Should a suspicious case arise during the event, all spatial and organisational precautions are taken on the exhibition grounds to ensure immediate remedial action.
A lot can still happen until the end of May, but by then the number of cases will probably have taken on much larger dimensions.
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