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GORINCHEM - The upcoming edition of both Aqua Nederland Vakbeurs and RioleringsVakdagen will be moved to 16, 17 and 18 June 2020 because of the corona virus. Bas van Gent, group director Easyfairs explains: “Initially, the fair would take place on 17, 18 and 19 March, fully in line with the guidelines of the RIVM. These guidelines still indicate that major events may continue. We also continue to gain the trust of our partners and 95% of the exhibitors. However, since this week we have seen a change of course in the guidelines for the water companies and industries in the Netherlands and subsequently immediately a significant brake on visitor registrations. With the situation in North Brabant, where the fair has a strong basis, and the fact that many visiting companies are responsible for a vital infrastructure in the Netherlands and logically follow stricter guidelines, we expect that we have accelerated. As a result, we simply cannot offer a valuable moment for the Dutch water sector next week. ”
Van Gent: “The corona virus keeps us all in the grip. Given the unpredictability and inevitability of this virus that is outside the control of Easyfairs, we have decided to move the event specifically for Aqua Nederland Vakbeurs and RioleringsVakdagen. Moving the event is supported by our partners and the water sector. ”
Van Gent: “The new date is June 16, 17 and 18, 2020. We think it is important to offer the water sector the opportunity to meet this year. There are many challenges that we have to tackle as a chain, for example in the field of climate adaptation, emerging substances in purification, water savings, energy transition and so on. ”
This week, all parties involved and stakeholders are informed. “We are sorry that we are forced to decide to do so shortly before the event. Especially in view of the significant impact for the participating and related parties with all preparations and cases underway. However, given the current situation, this is the only correct decision. We hope that the corona virus will continue to be contained and will make it an even bigger party for the water sector in the Netherlands in mid-June, ”concludes Van Gent.