Geneva International Motor Show Canceled Due to Virus

     The Geneva auto show, which was due to open to the public on March 5 and the third for the press, was de facto canceled due to the coronavirus. The Swiss government has banned major public events due to an outbreak. Any events involving more than 1000 people are prohibited, and the ban will be valid until at least March 15th. First, information about the cancellation was received by Automotive News Europe reporters from the exhibitors, and a little later a statement followed from the organizers. However, at a later date in 2020, the show decided not to hold. But maybe in 2021 it will return, the organizers of the show said.

     The day before this announcement, there were already reports that several automobile companies decided to drastically reduce the list of employees working on the show, as well as cancel some of the planned press events. And some exhibitors from China experienced difficulties with the delivery of cars to Geneva. Due to the risk of spreading the virus, the Beijing Auto Show, which was due to open on April 21, was postponed. The Chinese want to hold it later, the date has not yet been determined. Well, by the way, the same SARS-CoV-2 forced to cancel the Geneva International Salon of High Watchmaking, which was supposed to be held in April. For the same reason, the Mobile World Congress, scheduled for February 24 in Barcelona, ​​did not open its doors.

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