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Hong Kong Book Fair postponed following spike in coronavirus cases

Trade fairs postponed and theme parks forced to close

In another blow to Hong Kong’s exhibition industry, a recent spike in coronavirus cases has caused the postponement of four major trade fairs
In another blow to Hong Kong’s exhibition industry, a recent spike in coronavirus cases has caused the postponement of four major trade fairs Photo Credit:Unsplash

HONG KONG - The Hong Kong Book Fair, which was due to kick off today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, has been postponed due to a spike in locally transmitted coronavirus cases.

In a statement released on Monday, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) announced that the popular B2C show would be postponed to a later date, along with three other fairs that were scheduled to take place this month.

HKTDC said that “it would likely be difficult to perform contact tracing and imposing subsequent disease control measures for the huge number of people involved” and that the health of the Hong Kong people remained the top priority.

Last year’s Book Fair attracted 980,000 visitors over seven days.

In the lead up to Monday’s announcement, HKTDC had been resisting pressure to postpone the event despite the recent surge in locally transmitted cases.

The move shows how local businesses are bracing for another round of debilitating restrictions after the city was gradually kickstarting its economy with the reopening of schools, gyms, restaurants and bars.

Hong Kong Disneyland will also close its gates today, less than a month after reopening. Disney called the closing of the theme park “temporary” and said its resort hotels at the Lantau Island complex would remain open.