HANNOVER MESSE Digital Days to premiere from 14 to 15 July 2020

Despite the Corona crisis, industrial transformation continues unabated. With its mega topics of digitalization, individualization, climate protection, and demographic change, it is the focus of the HANNOVER MESSE Digital Days. This new two-day digital event provides an overview of current developments in the fields of industry, energy and logistics and provides orientation for the time during and after the crisis.

Hannover. HANNOVER MESSE Digital Days start on 14 July with exciting keynotes from business, science and politics as well as panel discussions, live chats, networking, and innovation presentations. Everything revolves around the questions of how industrial transformation can succeed and which steps industry must take to recover quickly from the consequences of the shutdown.

“With the Digital Days, we are creating an online platform for the entire HANNOVER MESSE community. We had to cancel the show this year due to the corona pandemic, but people still need to learn about the latest technological products and solutions and to talk with experts from all over the world. Because tomorrow’s innovations are only possible when different industries and cultures exchange ideas,” says Dr. Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Managing Board, Deutsche Messe AG.

The HANNOVER MESSE Digital Days revolve around the content of the show. For example, the conference program focuses on topics such as Industrie 4.0, artificial intelligence, smart energy, and Logistics 4.0. Exhibitor products and solutions form the second layer of content. Networking also plays a prominent role: All participants can search for suitable business and cooperation partners and contact each other directly using the chat function.

One of the biggest highlights is the HERMES AWARD ceremony. For the first time, this internationally coveted technology prize will be awarded digitally. A jury chaired by Dr. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, chose the winner from numerous high-quality submissions. The announcement will be made on 14 July.


HANNOVER MESSE is the world’s leading trade show for industrial technology. With the lead theme Industrial Transformation, it spotlights all of the latest topics in industry, including Industrie 4.0, artificial intelligence, 5G, and smart logistics. HANNOVER MESSE is expanding its portfolio this year with a digital event, HANNOVER MESSE Digital Days, which premieres from 14 to 15 July.

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German politics sends first signals for trade fair restart

Federal states will decide on realisation of exhibitions on basis of hygiene and distance regulations

The German federal states will decide in future, as of when exhibitions can be realised, if guidelines for hygiene and personal distance are fulfilled. Government and federal states agreed May 6th 2020 that simultaneously, exhibitions will no longer be regarded as mass events.

Jörn Holtmeier, managing director of AUMA – Association of the German Trade Fair Industry – says: “This is an important step in direction of rebooting the trade fair industry. As exhibitions are platforms for innovation and cooperation, they will stimulate the recovery of the German economy in the short and medium run.” The German exhibition organisers and AUMA, too, are prepared to provide the responsible authorities with expertise and experience concerning the realisation of exhibitions. For this purpose, AUMA has already prepared recommendations that meet the high demands for hygiene and personal distance.

The step-by-step reopening of hotels and restaurants, planned by the federal states, is an important signal for exhibitions, says Jörn Holtmeier. The reopening of borders and the resumption of transnational business traffic, too, are crucial for the success of exhibitions in the second half of the year.

COVID-19 information on the MICE industry in Singapore/ASEAN

Since the start of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) outbreak, the Singapore Government has progressively implemented a series of measures to reduce the risk of imported cases and slow the transmission of the virus.

As the situation has deteriorated globally, we have strengthened our measures accordingly to protect Singaporeans and do our part in the worldwide effort against COVID-19.

To help guide visitors and tourism businesses, this advisory provides a summary of the current measures.

General Advisory for Visitors

1. From 23 March 2020, 2359 hours, all short-term visitors (from anywhere in the world) will not be allowed entry into Singapore, or to transit through Singapore. Singapore has also ceased port calls for all cruise vessels.

2. If you are in Singapore, you can do your part by practising good personal hygiene and monitoring your own health. More information about how to travel responsibly in Singapore can be found here: https://www.visitsingapore.com/travel-guide-tips/travel-responsibly/. To help plan your travel, please visit MOH’s website regularly for the latest updates.

General Advisory for Tourism Businesses

1. In line with the evolving situation, the government has introduced additional precautionary measures to minimise the risk of further transmission of the virus in the community.

2. Businesses should continue to obtain health and travel declarations from employees on whether they have travelled abroad recently or if they have any upcoming travel plans. Businesses are also advised to defer all travel abroad.

3. From 9 April 2020, 2359 hours, all Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long Term [1] Pass holders entering Singapore will be – required to serve a 14-day self-isolation at dedicated Stay-Home Notice (SHN) facilities. Returnees who are already back in Singapore will continue to serve their 14-day SHN at their current location.  Returnees can contact the SHN helpline at +65 6812 5555 for more information.

4. From 27 March 2020, 0900 hours, returnees will also be required to submit a health declaration via the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) e-Service [2], before proceeding with immigration clearance. The SGAC e-service can also be downloaded for free on Apple AppStore and Google Play. All travellers can submit their health declaration up to three days prior to their arrival in Singapore. Those who make false declarations will be liable for prosecution under the Infectious Diseases Act. For more information on the travel declaration requirements, please refer to the MOH website.

5. From 23 March 2020, 2359, work pass holders and their dependents will be allowed to return/enter into Singapore only if they work in sectors that provide essential services such as healthcare and transport. Malaysians with Singapore work permits will continue to be able to work in Singapore during this period, with appropriate accommodation arrangements.

6. All returning travellers are reminded to monitor their health closely and seek early medical treatment should they develop fever or any respiratory symptoms such as cough or sore throat.

7. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has also introduced temporary schemes to help companies manage the manpower disruptions caused by COVID-19. For more information on the temporary relief measures please refer to MOM’s press release

General Advisory for Tourism Businesses

8. From 7 April 2020 all workplace premises and retail outlets except for those necessary to support the daily living needs of the population will be closed. The measures are expected to be in place until 1 June 2020. The government will continue to monitor the situation closely, and may be able to gradually ease some of the measures if there is a significant decline in our local transmission numbers.

9. On 21 April 2020, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce announced that fewer businesses will be permitted to operate during the Circuit Breaker. MTI has introduced three additional measures targeted at workplaces:

a) Operations of less critical consumer services will be suspended with effect from 21 April 2359 hrs. For example, within the F&B sector, standalone outlets (excluding those in hawker centres, food courts and coffeeshops) that sell only beverages, packaged snacks, confectioneries or desserts will be required to close their outlets. All other F&B outlets that sell meals can continue to remain open for takeaway and delivery services only. Hairdressing and barber services will be required to close their outlets. The list of activities that will be allowed to continue to operate will be updated at https://covid.gobusiness.gov.sg/essentialservices.

b) Additional restrictions will be placed on selected consumer- facing businesses to further reduce customer interactions with effect from 21 April 2359 hrs. For example, optician shops can operate by appointment only, and can no longer accept walk-in customers. Pet supplies stores and retail laundry services must close their physical stores, but are permitted to provide online sales and delivery.

c) The number of businesses allowed to operate at their work premises will be reduced, especially businesses that are less critical for daily living or to maintain essential supply chains. This will mean that some businesses which are currently permitted to operate at their work premises will be required to suspend their on-site activities. The affected businesses will be notified by the Ministry of Trade and Industry and will have 24 hours upon notification to wind down their business operations completely.

10. For workplace premises which remain open, employers must put in place effective measures to avoid transmission of COVID-19 at and across workplace premises. These include:

a) Ensuring that all activities that can take place through telecommuting must be done from home

b) Reducing the need for and duration of physical interactions by staggering working hours, postponing group events and implementing shift work and/or split team arrangements

c) Not allowing teams working in different locations to interact physically with one another, implementing safe distancing measures at every workplace premise

d) Ensuring workers wear masks at the workplaces.

e) All workplaces will also be required to have a system that logs their workers’ entry into, and exit from, their workplaces.  

f) Employers can consider using a digital check-in application called SafeEntry for this purpose. More information on SafeEntry’s deployment at work premises can be found at go.gov.sg/safeentry.  

11. Please refer to STB’s advisory on operationalisation of safe distancing measures for retail stores and F&B outlets for the detailed precautions that operators should take note of. For more information please visit MOH’s website.

12. With the extension of the circuit breaker period until 1 June 2020 (inclusive), businesses which had been earlier received approvals by the Ministry of Trade and Industry to operate during the original Circuit Breaker period from 7 April 2020 to 4 May 2020 can continue doing so until 1 June 2020. MTI will notify those businesses that have to suspend operations.


13. All events and mass gatherings (e.g. conferences, exhibitions, festivals, concerts, sporting events, trade fairs) must be deferred or cancelled, regardless of size.

14. Singaporeans are advised to avoid holding and participating in social events.

15. As the situation develops, please visit MOH’s website regularly for the latest updates. You may also refer to the list of FAQs developed by STB for the tourism industry here. The health and safety of Singaporeans, visitors and those who work in the tourism industry are STB’s priority, and we thank you for your continued support and understanding.

[1] Long terms pass holders include work passes, Student’s Pass, Dependent’s Pass and Long-Term visit pass.

[2] From 27 March 2020, 0900 hours, the paper-based disembarkation/embarkation card will be discontinued. When entry for short-term visitors resumes in the future, such travellers will have to provide their arrival and departure information via the SGAC e-Service instead.

Annex A

List of Countries/Regions and Border Control Measures

Travel History in Countries/RegionsFor Singapore Residents and Long-term Pass HoldersFor Short-term Visitor
Hubei Province (Mainland China)14-day quarantineNot allowed entry or transit
All other countries/regions14-day SHNNot allowed entry or transit

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The Events industry in Singapore is at the very frontline of impact in the Covid19 crisis, as hard hit as tourism, aviation, hospitality and F&B.  All events including launches, concerts, exhibitions have been cancelled, postponed and banned. 

MICE alone contributed $3.8B to Singapore’s GDP in 2018, and the industry ecosystem comprises over 1500 SMEs, providing livelihoods for 34,000, from events management, to technical and audio  companies, production, logistics and event manpower.   The entire industry has been on its knees since gatherings were banned in February and March, with most companies making zero revenue. 

Many companies have already had massive layoffs, put teams on No-Pay-Leave and many will close down in the next three months. Many livelihoods will be lost, as our industry is completely unsustainable. 

MICE venues have received the 75% manpower concession along with other industries perceived as most impacted, as per the Resilience package, but all other vendors, organisers, production and technical companies have been overlooked. 

While many businesses are suffering at this time, our industry is hardest hit, most companies face revenues reduced by more than 90%. In view of this impact, we appeal for our industry to receive up to same 75% manpower concessions as Tourism, Aviation and Hospitality, as outlined in the Resilience Package.

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