Formnext organiser Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH has announced that Formnext 2021, which is scheduled to take place in person in Frankfurt, Germany, on November 16–19, will only be open to those who have recovered from or have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
The decision was made by the organiser in consultation with the Exhibitor Advisory Board. The legal framework for this decision is provided by the state of Hesse’s Corona Protection Ordinance, which allows organisers the choice of applying the German ‘3G rule’ (access for tested, recovered and vaccinated persons) or the German ‘2G rule’ (recovered and vaccinated persons only).
“When making our decision, we carefully weighed up the pros and cons of both options,” stated Petra Haarburger, president of Mesago Messe Frankfurt. “We decided that the 2G rule ensures more safety, freedom and convenience at the exhibition grounds.”
The organiser explains that with the 2G rule in place, there is no need to wear a mask or adhere to social distancing rules. Sascha Wenzler, vice president of Mesago Messe Frankfurt’s Formnext event, commented, “We were glad to take advantage of this rule in Hesse because it allows our exhibitors and visitors to enjoy an authentic trade show experience and hold normal conversations.”
The 2G rule is mandatory for all those participating in Formnext, including exhibitors, trade show organiser’s employees and all service providers. People who have recovered from COVID-19 can verify their status with an appropriate official document. Those who have been vaccinated with a vaccine not licensed in Germany require a current PCR test in addition to proof of vaccination. The sample for this must not have taken place more than forty-eight hours prior to this. A rapid antigen test will not be accepted as sufficient proof.
These admission rules must be met in order to attend the event. Country-specific travel regulations must also be observed. Checkpoints will be set up on the exhibition grounds in Frankfurt to ensure compliance with the rule.
The organiser states that the 2G rule and the ventilation in the trade show halls will ensure a high level of safety at Formnext 2021.