Gamescom 2022 and Corona: KoelnMesse sow optimism

Rising Corona Incidence: Gamescom 2022 Organizers Rely On Personal Responsibility (Images: GamesWirtschaft)

As of today, KoelnMesse assumes that Gamescom 2022 may take place in August. But the incidence of the crown is increasing.

“Incidence continues to rise: now the city of Cologne is sounding the corona alarm.” – this is what the Kölner Express announced on Thursday (June 16). Overview: The number of cases has more than doubled in the last two weeks – and the hospitalization rate is also increasing. The 7-day incidence rate is now (again) over 500. Mayor Henriette Reker (independent), who is also chairman of KoelnMesse’s supervisory board, therefore urges the people of Cologne to wear the FFP2 mask for the holiday season – “whenever possible”.

Cologne health department jumps to Reker’s website: “Tests are also useful, for example, before and after major events and vacation trips.”

one of these “major events” increases in just a few weeks – i.e. at the end of August, right after the holidays in NRW: Gamescom 2022, including conferences, events and live audience shows, is scheduled for the week of August 22-28, 2022 at the Cologne Exhibition Center and extends over the old town along with the Gamescom festival. Advance sale of tickets started a week ago – according to the organizers, more than 60,000 tickets have already been sold.

Fix: After the Corona requirements for fairs and events expire in April 2022, there are no longer any official requirements for mouth and nose protection, mandatory quick tests or proof of vaccination, analogous to concerts, folk festivals or sporting events.

As a result, Koelnmesse currently leaves him on a pure recommendation, “Only vaccinated, cured or tested persons should enter the exhibition center and wear a medical mouth and nose protector voluntarily.”

Admission to the rooms with cold symptoms (cough, runny nose, fever, sore throat) is strictly prohibited – even if the Covid test is negative. How it should be controlled in practice: open. If the test is positive, incompletely vaccinated contacts must also be quarantined.

Initial schedule of Gamescom 2022 (as of March 23, 2022 - subject to change)
Initial schedule of Gamescom 2022 (as of March 23, 2022 – subject to change)

In social media and according to GamesWirtschaft, also among exhibitors, as the number of infections grows, the fear that Gamescom 2022 will turn into a “hotspot” is growing. Koeln Fair argued however this one “With multiple restart” showed “that the fair can also be successfully conducted in the current conditions”.

Recently, however, only very manageable exhibition formats took place in Colognewhich, in terms of area or number of visitors, cannot be compared to a major event such as Gamescom, such as the ISM confectionery show with 15,000 trade visitors in February, the h + h Cologne handicraft show with 4,500 people, or The Tire Cologne with 12,000 participants.

Nevertheless, KoelnMesse’s promise is: “With a wide range of specifications and measures, the safety of all participants is also guaranteed at Gamescom.”

According to KoelnMesse, these measures include:

  • improved party management
  • optimized visitor tips
  • The use of ventilation systems with an increased amount of fresh air
  • wider corridors and larger areas of traffic
  • larger areas of stands
  • digital queue management
  • personalized tickets available only in advance

Objective: to maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meterswhich can be considered ambitious in the light of usual Gamescom rituals. Promotional gifts and product samples are only allowed with prior approval “With respect to the distance and hygiene rules” acceptable – this “Throwing gifts” is forbidden the first time. In addition to keeping the above-mentioned distance, KoelnMesse recommends that stand operators avoid physical contact and handshakes.

In addition, extensive hygiene measures must be observed – such as disinfectant dispensers and “Regular intervals between cleaning”although according to the RKI, the routes of transmission of the corona virus are mainly through droplets and aerosols “Breathe, speak and sing” be sent.

One thing is certain: the exact admission conditions will only be visible at the beginning of the fair. As KoelnMesse reserves the right to respond to any changes to the infection process: Gamescom 2022 admission requirements would be “Adapted and timely delivered”.

Whether and under what conditions tickets for commercial and private visitors may be transferred or canceled in the event of a corona infection is subject to GamesWirtschaft’s inquiry at KoelnMesse.

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