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Information concerning the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

Following a decision by the Berlin Senate a provisional treatment centre for Covid-19 patients is to be set up in Hall 26 on the grounds of Messe Berlin. The treatment centre is to be completely partitioned off from the remainder of the exhibition grounds and is expressly planned to be temporary. It will however remain in operation for as long as the dynamically changing situation regarding coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) infections necessitates. Messe Berlin is supporting the setting up of this treatment centre and coordinating closely with the project manager, Albrecht Broemme.

No events will be taking place on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds until 19 April 2020. This is in accordance with a directive issued by the Berlin Senate on 22 March, which stipulates that no public or private events, gatherings or meetings shall take place during this time. We are currently in talks with the organisers of guest events scheduled to take place on the exhibition grounds during the period in question. As things stand, events due to be held after 19 April 2020 are not affected by the decision.

On 12 March 2020 the Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Integration and Consumer Protection (MSGIV) of the Land of Brandenburg publicly announced that the holding of large events shall be forbidden until further notice. This also affects Messe Berlin events scheduled on the exhibition grounds at Selchow in Schönefeld (near BER Airport).

We are monitoring and assessing events regarding the spread of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) on a daily basis and are in close contact with the relevant public health authorities. The following applies to all events on all exhibition grounds belonging to Messe Berlin: we are following the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute and the relevant authorities at federal and state level and will implement corresponding instructions. Only they possess the necessary information and specialist knowledge in order to draw the right conclusions. As the situation is changing all the time it is difficult to draw any definitive conclusions. At present the Robert Koch Institute considers the risk posed in Germany to be “high”.

Date: 24 March 2020