Boot Düsseldorf canceled due to Omicron

Boot Düsseldorf canceled due to Omicron

For the second year running, Boot Düsseldorf has been forced to cancel one of the world’s largest boat shows due to mounting Covid infections and new regulations announced by the German government. News of boot Dusseldorf’s cancellation follows announcement by the North Rhine-Westphalia state government that no major trade fair events will take place in January due to rapid spread of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus.

In force as of today, the new regulations state large public fairs with more than 750 visitors at the same time are prohibited until the end of January. North Rhine-Westphalia has reported 31,629 new Covid cases over the last seven days – the highest tally among Germany’s 16 federal states.

“We cancel the trade fair with a heavy heart,” said Messe Düsseldorf President & CEO Wolfram Diener in a statement to German newspaper, Rheinische Post. “We bow to health protection and see it as a civic duty.”

As of yet, show organisers have not made any announcements regarding this year’s event on their official websites, including a potential postponement date. Boot Düsseldorf was scheduled to take place from January 22 to 30, with some builders already having delivered their boats to the venue.  Speculation has been mounting about the inevitability of cancellation of the show due to the latest wave of new Covid cases across the world, spurred by the Omicron variant.  A number of the show’s larger exhibitors had already announced they would not be attending, while others were non-committal in their response to press queries. The build-up of exhibits began 13 December, along with major visitor features such as the surf wave pool and diving tower. Boats have been enroute to the show for the past several weeks, with some already being moved into exhibition halls. In normal years, Boot attracts around 250,000 visitors making it the most well-attended boat show in the world, drawing a wide range of international attendees and exhibitors.  

Source: IBI News