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Light + Building fair postponed to September due to coronavirus

February 24, 2020

Frankfurt's Light + Building has become the latest design fair to be postponed over coronavirus fears, and will now take place in September instead of March.

The show, which describes itself as "the world’s leading trade fair for lighting and building-services technology," was due to take place in the German city from 8 to 13 March.

Update: the fair will now take place from 27 September to 2 October.

The announcement by organiser Messe Frankfurt follows the postponement of a string of design fairs in China and the coronavirus outbreak in Italy, which has jeopardised Milan's Salone del Mobile.

"In view of the increasing spread of the coronavirus in Europe and after intensive consultations, Messe Frankfurt has decided to postpone Light + Building," organisers said, blaming the new outbreak in Italy and the difficulty of screening overseas visitors.

"The unexpected appearance of [coronavirus strain] Covid-19 in Italy since last weekend demanded a new analysis of the situation in close cooperation with the public-health authorities of the City of Frankfurt," they said in a statement.

"A multi-stage health check on guests from China has been called for, the implementation of which would be extremely challenging for Messe Frankfurt."

"Additionally, more and more travel restrictions are being put into place thus making it difficult for both visitors and exhibitors to attend the fair." The event "will now be held in Frankfurt am Main between the middle and end of September 2020," they added.