Large-scale cancellation of events in Germany in connection with the spread of coronavirus

coronavirus began to spread rapidly in Germany. Already known over 1400 coronavirus infections in Germany (as of March 11.03.2020, 30), including two cases of fatal outcome, the number of infected is growing rapidly. More than XNUMX major exhibitions were canceled in accordance with the Law on Protection Against Infections (IfSG), which also regulates the holding of large events with the participation of a large number of people. The federal government also created a crisis group based on its pandemic plan. It consists of representatives from the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of the Interior. The crisis management team is primarily intended to transmit recommendations on effective control of the spread of coronavirus to responsible government agencies. This is being done in close coordination with the Robert Koch Institute for Disease Monitoring. States themselves can also respond and coordinate with local health authorities, in some cases through crisis teams.


Coronovirus - exhibitions canceled in Germany in 2020


Who decides whether to cancel events in connection with the coronavirus

The Robert Koch Institute has published a list of risk factors that should be relied upon when deciding whether to cancel the event or not. Much depends on the number of visitors and what is the percentage of those who come from countries at high risk of coronavirus infection. The duration of the event and the venue (indoor or outdoor), the ventilation situation, the number of sanitary facilities for washing hands, etc. also play an important role. Each organizer and health authority should ask himself these questions in each individual case when making such a decision.


Which events were canceled in Germany in 2020

At the moment, Over 30 major exhibitions canceled in Germany. As a rule, exhibitions are canceled by the organizers themselves due to the imposition of harsh conditions imposed by the state. A list of some canceled exhibitions in Germany is presented below:

  • ITB 2020
  • Leipzig Book Fair 2020
  • Hannover Messe 2020
  • Fitnessmesse fibo 2020 
  • Pro wein 2020 
  • Billard-weltmeisterschaft 2020
  • International Hardware Fair 2020 
  • Waffenmesse IWA in Nurnberg 2020
  • Light+Building 2020
  • Bollicine Italiane sulla strada del Prosecco 2020
  • Handwerksmesse IHM 2020
  • Internorga 2020
  • Cyber ​​Security Tech Summit 2020
  • METAV 2020
  • Iwa outdoor 2020
  • Fensterbau und holz-messe 2020
  • Glasfasermesse fiberdays 2020
  • German Open im Badminton 2020
  • Command Control 2020, Munich
  • EMV 2020, Koln
  • Logimat 2020, Stuttgart
  • Lopec 2020, Munich
  • Metav 2020, Düsseldorf


Who is responsible for canceling events in Germany?

When major events are canceled, as is the case with the cancellation of the Hannover Messe, there is no specific claim for compensation against the state. Neither the organizers, nor exhibitors, nor visitors can make any claims. General civil law applies. The relationship between the visitor and the organizer is regulated in these cases by the Civil Code. This is the same as canceling a concert or other event for "normal" reasons. In fact, it can be said simplistically: those who have just offered a service (for example, an event), but cannot “provide” it, should not have claims to non-payment. However, this often depends on what is specifically stated in the contract and what is stated in the general terms and conditions. This can be equated, for example, with force majeure, that is, if the organizer is forced to withdraw from participation due to unforeseen external circumstances. The Federal Ministry of Economics announced that it will check to what extent affected companies can claim compensation, but also referred to contracts between the organizer and exhibitors.