Rehacare organisers have postponed the show until October 2021.
It explained that after close consultation with exhibitors and partners, Messe Düsseldorf decided to postpone the show.
It will now take place from 6 to 9 October 2021, its regular trade fair date.
Commenting, Mr Dornscheidt, president and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf, said: “We are constantly adapting our pre-existing high-level safety and hygiene standards for the Düsseldorf trade fair centre to the current findings.
“At the same time, however, we are evaluating the situation for each of our individual trade fairs individually.”
He continued: “Despite the regional government of North Rhine-Westphalia’s announcement that they would strive to enable the reopening of trade fairs and conferences by 31 May 2020, we have decided to postpone REHACARE until 2021 due to its specific participant demographic”.
REHACARE says it prides itself on giving access to all and 36% of the visitors at the previous edition were end consumers.
It explained that the majority of these visitors are people with disabilities or who have chronic conditions and are thus considered high-risk groups for the Covid-19 virus.
Dornscheidt said: “We deliberated extensively over this decision, but we know that this is the right and responsible choice to make under the current circumstances.”
Messe Düsseldorf is thus following the recommendation of the German government’s crisis management team: “to base risk assessments for large-scale events on the principles issued by the Robert Koch Institute. Among other items, these state that people in high-risk groups should not attend events.”