This year’s Inhorgenta will be postponed as a result of ongoing covid-related restrictions in Germany, Professional Jeweller sister title WatchPro has learned.
An official announcement is expected tomorrow (Wednesday), at which new dates for the massive jewellery and watch show will be revealed.
Germany has been comparatively successful at suppressing Covid cases throughout the pandemic, recording 7.5 million infections over the past two years compared to almost 15 million in the UK.
The current Omicron wave has also been lower than in the UK, but German businesses and citizens have been subjected to far tighter restrictions over Christmas and the new year.
The country is currently experiencing around 50,000 infections per day, but they have been rising in recent days.
Inhorgenta was fortunate in 2020 as it took place just before lockdowns were imposed across Europe and the world.
This time the show’s timing appears to have worked against it. The exhibition was due to take place from February 11 to 14, a month from now when Covid rates may still be high.
Travel to Germany is also complicated.
The country uses a two-tier system of risk categories (virus variant areas and high-risk areas), with distinct rules on entry and quarantine for each tier.
The UK is designated as a ‘high-risk area’ by Germany meaning only fully vaccinated people can enter the country.