The organisers of Fruit Logistica, which takes place on 5-7 February in Berlin, have issued a statement addressing the question of the Coronavirus, highlighting the measures it is taking to ensure the safety and wellbeing of those attending.
The message in full states:
'We are looking forward to welcome you to this year’s Fruit Logistica next week in Berlin.
'As you are aware, the first cases of the coronavirus have now been identified in Europe, including here in Germany. Indeed, the authorities in Berlin have already issued a statement to the effect that Germany is very well prepared to deal with any cases.
'The safety and health of our exhibitors, visitors and partners is our number one priority. We do not expect any impact on events planned at the Messe Berlin exhibitions grounds, but as a precaution we are introducing new measures to increase the safety of all attendees at Fruit Logistica:
- We will have a number of rapid response medical teams and other health professionals located here onsite to deal with any situations that may arise;
- Hand disinfectors will now be provided at all entrances of the exhibition in addition to hand sanitation already installed in all toilets and washrooms at the event;
- We are increasing the frequency with which our facilities are disinfected;
'Please be assured that we are monitoring the situation very closely and are in regular contact with the health authorities of the State of Berlin. Should there be any changes to the current status, we will take account of any recommendations from the World Health Organisation, the relevant federal and state authorities, and the municipal health authorities, and implement all appropriate instructions.
'Please follow us on our official Social Media channels for updates and for useful information.'