Wednesday, 04 March 2020 10:06

Coronavirus cuts short massive agricultural show 

Written by  Staff Reporters
The cancellation follows France’s ban on gatherings of more than 5,000 people. Image: Salon International de l'Agriculture. The cancellation follows France’s ban on gatherings of more than 5,000 people. Image: Salon International de l'Agriculture.

The last day of an agricultural show which saw more than half a million visitors had to be cancelled due to Covid-19.

Salon International de l'Agriculture's (International Agricultural Show) final day on Sunday, March 1 was dropped due to fears of the virus.

The cancellation follows French health minister’s Olivier Véran announcement on Saturday that all gatherings of more than 5,000 people in confined spaces are banned across the country.

The ban extends for events in open environments where people may mix with others from areas where the virus is circulating. 

Organisers announced on the event’s website, “Following the decision of the government and health authorities, any gathering of more than 5000 people is forbidden.

“The International Agricultural Show will end on Saturday 29th February at 7pm and will not open tomorrow, following the recommendations and decisions of the public authorities.”

This year’s theme at the International Agricultural Show, originally scheduled to run from 22 February to March 1, was “agriculture welcomes you with open arms”. 

The event took place at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles and hosted more than a thousand exhibitors. 

As of today, France has seen 201 cases of Covid-19 and four deaths. 

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