Cancelations of conferences, closing of facilities show impact of deadly virus.
David Savastano, Editor03.17.20
In late February, I attended the 2020 FLEX conference in San Jose. Coronavirus, or COVID-19, had already been a topic of talk, but there was no talk yet of curfews and business shutdowns, not to mention conference cancellations. The tragic death tolls and massive numbers of infected people across the globe had yet to become a daily reality.
There had been a number of speakers who canceled their presentations at 2020 FLEX, and quite a few badges were not picked up. LOPEC 2020 was still on at that point and was canceled on March 6.
Falk Senger, managing director of Messe München and the executive who oversees LOPEC, issued this statement:
“In close cooperation with our LOPEC partner OE-A, it is unfortunately not possible for us to successfully hold the event this year for participants of the Exhibition and Conference. Canceling LOPEC 2020 was a painful decision. By making it, we have assumed our responsibility for the health of our exhibitors, conference speakers and visito
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