The Frankfurt Book Fair is still scheduled for October, despite a government extension of the ban on mass events in Germany to the end of that month, the prime minister for the German state of Hesse has confirmed.
Volker Bouffier and his minister of social affairs Kai Klose made the announcement at a press conference earlier today (Thursday 18th June).
The fair’s organisation will be governed by an agreement made between Germany’s federal and state governments in May, stipulating that each state can decide when trade fairs may once again be held, as long as they comply with health and social-distancing regulations.
Also, trade fairs do not fall within the category “mass events” banned by the government because their objective is significantly different to those of celebrations such as Oktoberfest.
Trade fairs in Germany will begin to be held from September.