Popular industry trade shows and conferences become latest victim of Covid-19

Since Covid-19 first made the news when it struck in a place in China most of us had never heard of, little did we suspect the global consequences three months later.

Normal daily life as we know it has been severely disrupted, thousands of people have died worldwide, borders between countries are being closed and the stock markets and our global economies have taken a pounding.

Governments are taking drastic measures to try and curb the spread of Covid-19 and this has led to the closure of bars and restaurants while sporting activities have also been kicked into touch. Schools and universities in the United Kingdom could shut soon while other centres of education in different parts of the world already have.

One of the victims of the spread of the virus has been trade shows and conferences which have had to be rescheduled.

IFAT, the world’s leading trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials, that was due to take place from May 4 to 8 in Germany will now take place on September 7 to 11.

Stefan Rummel, managing director of Mess München and responsible for IFAT said: “Now we are looking forward to host a successful IFAT 2020 in September jointly with the industry.”

ChemUK 2020 was due to take place in Manchester on May 13 and 14, but it will now be held on September 16 and 17.

Utility Week Live in Birmingham was also due to happen in May, but will now take place on November 10 and 11 in Birmingham.

The Offshore Technology Conference was set to take place in Houston, Texas, from May 4 to 7, but that will occur later in the year, although a date has yet to be set.

We will keep you updated with the latest news and changes online.

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