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Geneva motor show cancelled as Switzerland bans events

by LLB Reporter
28th Feb 20 12:15 pm

The Geneva international motor show has been banned as the Swiss government have banned all events that hold more than 1,000 people to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The motor show attracts as many as 600,000 people to Geneva and was due to take place between 2 to 15 March.

The cabinet said in a statement on Friday, “In view of the current situation and the spread of the coronavirus, the Federal Council has categorised the situation in Switzerland as ‘special’ in terms of the Epidemics Act.

“Large-scale events involving more than 1,000 people are to be banned. The ban comes into immediate effect and will apply at least until 15 March.”

Maurice Turrettini, the chairman of the motor show’s board said, “We regret this situation, but the health of all participants is our and our exhibitors’ top priority.

“This is a case of force majeure and a tremendous loss for the manufacturers who have invested massively in their presence in Geneva.

“However, we are convinced that they will understand this decision.”

Switzerland has reported 15 cases of coronavirus in Geneva, Zurich and Basel-City cantons.

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