The 2020 Geneva Motor Show scheduled to hold on March 5th has been canceled after the Federal Council of Switzerland banned any gathering that'll pull more than 1,000 people. This is due to worries over the Coronavirus epidemic that's rapidly spreading around the world.
The Swiss government banned any gathering that'll be more than 1000 people to help contain the spread of coronavirus
The ban, as gathered by Naijauto, has already taken effect and will run through this week until 15th March 2020.
According to a press release written by Chairman of the motor show, Maurice Turrettini,
We regret this situation, but the health of all participants is our and our exhibitors’ top priority. This is a case of force majeure and a tremendous loss for the manufacturers who have invested massively in their presence in Geneva. However, we are convinced that they will understand this decision
Tickets that have already been bought for the motor show will be refunded.
The 90th Geneva Motor Show was slated to begin this week, with its doors open on Monday to the press but has been canceled as a preventive measure against the deadly COVID-19.
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The cancellation is going to affect the sale of these newly-built cars, which will, of course, be a loss to the automakers
This new development is coming as a big blow to automakers as the Geneva Motor Show is the avenue where these car manufacturers like to debut their flamboyant, futuristic vehicles and concepts. Mega cars such as Volkswagen dune buggy concept car, Koenigsegg Jesko, and the Pininfarina Battista got the chance of being debuted last year at the motor show.
Following the Coronavirus epidemic, the Geneva Motor Show is the most recent trade show to be canceled.
The foundation responsible for the Geneva Motor Show, Palexpo, made efforts to keep the show going by giving out preventive warnings to attendees. Exhibitors from risk areas were asked to screen their staff as the event center is undergoing a high level of cleaning and disinfection. The attendees were advised to wash their hands regularly and maintain a three feet distance from anyone sneezing or coughing.
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