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FESPA Global Print Expo 2020 will go ahead as planned from 24 to 27 March in Madrid, Spain.
In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, FESPA has issued an advisory. Guided by information from the World Health Organisation, FESPA will be imposing restrictions for exhibiting companies from China.
All exhibiting companies from China will be required to provide documented evidence that all representatives of their company attending the exhibitions, including sub-contractors, have not resided in or visited China at any time after 5 March 2020.
Exhibiting companies from China not fulfilling this requirement will not be able to participate at the Madrid 2020 exhibitions.
FESPA is also in contact with all exhibitors and pre-registered visitors at the Madrid 2020 exhibitions to advise them of these measures and to request that they should not attend if they have visited China after 5 March 2020.
In addition to visitor restrictions, FESPA will be implementing health and safety protocols including equipped medical units and sanitary soap dispensers.
The virus, which has been officially named as COVID-19, is said to originate from the Hubei province of China. Several exhibitions in China has been postponed indefinitely due to it.
Italy has most recently been classified as an outbreak hotspot in Europe, where more than 300 cases and 12 deaths have been confirmed. Thus far, Spain has reported its first case, involving a woman in Barcelona who had been to northern Italy.