Interzoo Postpones 2020 Show
As a result of the new situation regarding the spread of the coronavirus in Germany and Europe, Interzoo 2020, which was scheduled for May 19-22 in Nuremberg, Germany, has been postponed, according to WZF (Wirtschaftsgemeinschaft Zoologischer Fachbetriebe GmbH) and NürnbergMesse GmbH, the organizers of the show.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic on March 11. In Germany, cases of infection with the virus have now been confirmed in all federal states. The Federal Ministry of Health of Germany has recommended that large events with more than a thousand participants be canceled. In addition, on March 12, German Chancellor Angela Merkel asked citizens to question participation in events, even if they should have fewer than a thousand participants. It is currently very likely that the responsible ministries and health authorities will ban major events in May 2020 with more than a thousand participants.
“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.”
The Interzoo trade show draws attendees from more than 120 countries.
“Moving the Interzoo is not easy for us, but we had to go this way for the good and in the interest of the global pet industry and hope for the understanding of our association members and industry participants,” said Norbert Holthenrich, president of the Central Association of Zoological Specialists (ZZF), the ideal carrier of the Interzoo.
A new date has not yet been announced.
“We are aware of the great importance of the Interzoo for our exhibitors and visitors,” said Dr. Rowena Arzt, head of trade fairs at WZF GmbH. “That is why we are working intensively with NürnbergMesse to find an alternative date. We will communicate this as soon as possible.”