For the first time in its long history, Nuremberg Toy Fair has been postponed until the summer by organiser Spielwarenmesse eG.
Originally scheduled to run from 27 to 31 January 2021, the event has been called off as a direct result of the persisting Covid-19 pandemic.
The decision was made by the supervisory board on 24 September and comes in the face of rising infection rates and further restrictions on travel.
Organisers say the new change in circumstances and concerns over the health of all participants make it almost impossible to stage the Spielwarenmesse and guarantee the level of quality at the end of January.
Rising infection rates around the world have led to new travel restrictions, and organisers say these developments are casting doubt among exhibitors and visitors over whether they should be taking part in an international trade fair
Ernst Kick, CEO of Spielwarenmesse eG, said: “We very much regret the decision to postpone the Spielwarenmesse 2021.”
Preparations for the 72nd event in January were already well under way, based on the guidelines of the Bavarian State Government, the Health & Hygiene Concept drawn up in collaboration with the local health authorities and venue operator NürnbergMesse.
“I’d like to thank everyone who joined us on this path, and I feel sure that the improvements we have made will benefit all future events and appearances,” Ernst Kick added.
Spielwarenmesse eG is currently in talks with NürnbergMesse to find a suitable date for the event in 2021.