We just have to wait and see. Here in holland we don’t have a total lockdown. We are allowed to go out but are advised to stay in as much as possible. And if you go out we are not allowed to gather together in public and you have to keep the 1, 5 m distance from each other. Bar, cafe and cultural events are clossed down. Our prime minister calls it the intelligent lockdown.
In most of the countries the numbers of people going to hospital, on icu and death toll per day are going down so by now they are in most countries talking in opening up again, but it will be in stages, most likely with three weeks inbetween. So opening up a little, waiting three weeks to see the effect. If it goes well a little more opening up and the again three weeks waiting. That starting at about beginning may. So taking this in consideration if all go well big events like expo’s of the size like Hamm are still taking long before they will be possible, expecialy because the North Rijn Westfalen area where Hamm is in was one of the most and first infected region of Germany. In best case scenario if all go well, we are on step 7 of unlocking (7x 3 weeks) by the time Hamm is planned. If all really goes well, we might, but to be honest I’m really not counting on it. Just try to keep some hope, but I think december or even next year sounds more believable.
My main hope is that the economic effect of this lock down is not so huge that the whole organizing parties of these expo’s are going bankrupt and we lose the whole events for ever. There were allready some rumors before about Hamm closing down in the future due to stricter rules and regulations on reptile sales. I hope Corona didn’t give the event the finall blow.
As a employee of the social service department who is taking care of the emergency financial aid for people who lost their income because of the restrictions, I talked to so many people already who where literally crying on the phone out of the financial stress. Expecially people who are working in events marked are ssoooo worried because how can you ever organise a festival, expo, concert or anything like that in a 1,5 meter society? They will really be last in line in opening up.
I just pray we still have reptile expo’s like Hamm after this. But just keep hope going, on a vaccine or great medicine and a gouverment in being able to keep economy going, because Corona is here to stay.