Monday 9th March 2020
Harrogate International Nursery Fair – business as usual
The Government has announced today (Monday 9th March 2020) that the UK is remaining in the ‘containment’ stage of its response to the coronavirus following an emergency Cobra meeting.
Measures to delay the virus’s spread with ‘social distancing’ measures will not be introduced yet, ministers said. Downing Street said the prime minister ‘will be guided by the best scientific advice’ but there is no need to cancel large events at this stage.
The show will be guided by government advice and will keep the industry updated of any changes.
Wednesday 4th March 2020
Following the government COBRA meeting on Monday 2 March, Public Health England has advised large scale events such as Crufts (this coming weekend with an expected 160,000 attendees) to go ahead as planned; whilst using enhanced measures to protect exhibitors, clients and staff. The main message from Public Health England is on personal hygiene and to adopt the ‘Catch it. Bin It, Kill It’ ethos; to ensure hands are washed regularly for 20 seconds or more and to use hand sanitiser.
Since Harrogate International Nursery Fair is a niche event attended by trade only – most of which liaise with the public daily in line with their business; risk is currently considered low and the show is planned to continue as planned.
We will be guided by the facts and most up-to-date medical information and follow the government’s advice that ‘it is important that people go about their business as usual’ for the time being.
It is advised that everyone should familiarise themselves with the UK government advice and make individual decisions based on their circumstances. If they have any concerns, they should seek the advice of their doctor.
We continue to monitor the situation and will keep show attendees updated with relevant information as and when we have them.