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Posted 03/01/2020   12:54 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add usinbritain to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
An American dealer recently posted on another forum that he had cancelled his trip to London in May for the 8 day International due to the Coronavirus outbreak in Europe. Hope no one else is doing the same.

Regards,

Steve Taylor
www.stephentaylor.co.uk

The following message was sent by show organizer Frank Walton on 2/27:

"CoronaVirus Covid-19

I have been receiving several emails from around the world from people who are understandably concerned about the risk from the CoronaVirus.

The London 2020 Organising Committee are monitoring very closely the official UK Government website on this topic. You can follow the government's advice directly at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

At the moment there are no problems in London whatsoever and we are planning on carrying on with the exhibition exactly as scheduled."

Frank Walton RDP FRPSL
Chairman, London 2020 Organising Committee
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Posted 03/01/2020   1:59 pm  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
May is a long way off so there is still time to see how thing evolve; but folks should educate themselves on the cancellation options for their travel and lodging. The good news is that spring and summer times see a lower chance of contagious disease issues.
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Posted 03/01/2020   2:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thus far, we've got off lightly here, with relatively few cases. The expectation must be that things will become more challenging, and that against a backdrop of a ten year-long Government assault on health funding that has the system creaking this Winter even before the coronavirus is added to the mix. I'd be very wary of booking travel etc at this juncture.
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Posted 03/01/2020   4:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add FitzjamesHorse to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I think as the week has progressed, we have all got a little more worried.
There seems to be three reactions.
1...it is just a bad cold (overly optimistic)
2...we will all die (overly pessimistic)
3..a curious belief that it is all a conspiracy to undermine one or more politicians.
There seems to be a lot of disease and pain in the world and we are so centred on developed nations that we appear to have lost all sense of proportion.
I think the French are cancelling gatherings of more than 5,000 and the Swiss are limiting gatherings to 1,000 ...it seems absurd over reaction. If too many are self isolating then even the health services will grind to a halt.
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Posted 03/01/2020   4:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add angore to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If I had reservations I would not cancel them unless there was a financial reason unless the show is cancelled. If you do not have tickets, maybe it pays to wait to see if fares drop. At worst, you can tour of London.

In today's blame game environment, it often pays to be cautious. There is always a search for blame and if it happens once you may be history.

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Posted 03/19/2020   04:51 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add moosewood to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
After consultation with various international bodies,, now rescheduled for February 20-27th, 2022. See http://www.london2020.co/wp-content...20200318.pdf
Stay healthy!
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