Latest Czech lockdown rules leave EFTTEX searching for ‘workable solution’
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Under the latest restrictions issued this week by the government of the Czech Republic, EFTTEX – Europe’s top fishing tackle trade event – will not be allowed to go ahead in its present form in Prague from June 11th to 13th.
On Tuesday, the country’s Industry and Trade Minister, Karel Havlicek, outlined the government’s five-stage plan to bring the nation back to normal following the COVID-19 crisis.
Stage five of the plan, which will be implemented on June 8th – three days before EFTTEX at the PVA Expo – allows public events to resume, but only those that are limited to 50 people.
According to the latest information posted on the EFTTEX website, 172 companies are due to attend the show, which historically attracts around 3,000 trade visitors in total. Under the government’s latest guidelines, EFTTEX cannot go ahead.
In a message to the trade, EFTTA and EFTTEX CEO Olivier Portrat said: “This week the Czech government outlined their five-stage plan to bring the country back to some form of normality following the Coronavirus crisis, which will limit public events to 50 people or less from June 8th.
“Along with the EFTTA board I am looking at workable options to take EFTTEX forward. We will make an announcement to the trade as soon as we have reached a viable solution.
“We understand that this situation creates a huge amount of uncertainty in your business planning. Please rest assured we are working hard for you in these difficult times.”