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Breaking News: CP+ 2020 Has Been Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Fears

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Breaking News: CP+ 2020 Has Been Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Fears

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PetaPixel has learned unofficially that the CP+ 2020 expo in Japan—one of the largest photo industry trade shows in the world—has been cancelled due to fears over the Coronavirus outbreak. An official update from the show is expected shortly.

We were tipped off to the news earlier this evening when social media consultant and friend of the site Simon Pollock tweeted, “Very sorry to hear that CP+ has been cancelled. Damn you #CoronaVirus Damn you…”

We followed up with Pollock, who confirmed the news for us, though he asked that the original source be kept confidential.

As of this writing, CP+ hasn’t made the news official, though we’re keeping a close eye on their newsroom and Twitter account, and one is expected very shortly. The most recent Coronavirus update (and most recent tweet) from the show was posted on February 5th, when the expo revealed that they were concerned, but moving forward.

“The CP + Secretariat strives to collect the latest information and is considering specific countermeasures. Also, strengthening coordination with the venues Pacifico Yokohama, Osanbashi Hall and related administrative organizations, and we will strive to respond appropriately,” reads the roughly translated statement. “At this stage, we are preparing for the event while paying close attention to the situation, and CP+ 2020 will be held.”

The statement, which you can find here, said that the show’s organizers were planning to put hand sanitizing stations at every entrance and exit, and “strongly recommends” that attendees wear a mask. It ends with a link to the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, which states that Coronavirus “is not currently recognized as an epidemic in Japan.”

Unfortunately, the news that CP+ 2020 will not be happening is not surprising. With Japan’s proximity to the disease epicenter in China, and the precedent set by the cancellation of MWC 2020 just yesterday, many felt that it was only a matter of time before organizers pulled the plug on CP+ 2020.

We will update this article as soon as there is official confirmation that the show will not go on.


Image credits: Header image created using photo by Morio, CC BY-SA 3.0

Source of this (above) article: https://petapixel.com/2020/02/13/breaking-news-cp-2020-has-been-cancelled-due-to-coronavirus-fears/

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