Salon de Genève 2020 : Le coronavirus plus fort que le GIMS

29 Février, 2020, 06:52 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Salon de Genève 2020 : Le coronavirus plus fort que le GIMS

Le Salon de l'automobile de Genève n'aura pas lieu cette année par crainte de nouvelles infections par le nouveau coronavirus COVID-19...

Le Conseil fédéral du canton de Genève vient de prendre la décision ce vendredi 28 février en fin de matinée, d'annuler le Salon automobile de Genève milléSime 2020 ainsi que toutes les manifestations de plus de 1 000 personnes prévues prochainement sur le territoire, à cause du coronavirus.

" Ces mesures se sont avérées efficaces dans d'autres pays " et sont conformes aux recommandations de l'Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS), a déclaré le ministre suisse de la Santé, Alain Berset, lors d'une conférence de presse. L'interdiction entre en vigueur avec effet immédiat et vaut jusqu'au 15 mars au moins.

Maurice Turrettini, le président du salon de l'automobile a déclaré dans un communiqué: " Nous regrettons cette situation, mais la santé de tous les participants est notre priorité absolue et celle de nos exposants. Il s'agit d'un cas de force majeure et d'un coup très dur pour les exposants qui ont massivement investi dans leur présence à Genève. Les matches de hockey se joueront eux à huis-clos.

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Côté sports, la Swiss Football League a décidé de reporter les rencontres du week-end sine die. Les organisateurs du salon espèrent pouvoir relancer l'événement pour l'an prochain mais c'est un manque à gagner de plus de 10 millions d'euros (hors coût de la location des stands par les marques) qui va apparaître dans la trésorerie de Palexpo et on peut se demander si la machine pourra bien repartir l'an prochain.

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