The trade fairs in Cannes such as MIPTV, Midem and the Marché du Film rarely if ever throw in the towel. Over the years, I have attended them despite wars in the Middle East, different epidemics, terrorist threats and of course rail and air strikes.
So I was not entirely surprised by the announcement today that for MIPTV, the show will go on this year despite the threat of the coronavirus.
Reed MIDEM confirmed that MIPTV will take place as scheduled in Cannes, 30 March to 02 April, 2020. “The health and safety of everyone attending the event is our number one priority,” according to the organisers. “We are continually monitoring developments related to corona virus and following the latest guidance from local, national and international authorities and the World Health Organization as it relates to travel to MIPTV and clients’ on-site experience.”
Concretely, the measures include:
- Onsite signage and trained staff to remind visitors of WHO hygiene recommendations
- Reinforced cleaning of all zones within the Palais des Festivals venue
- Hydro-alcoholic hand gel in all public zones within the Palais des Festivals
- A reinforced presence of dedicated medical specialists within the Palais
- Additional support to exhibitors who wish to adopt specific hygiene measures for their stands.
Coronavirus procedure for visitors to Cannes
It’s worth remembering, of course, that if you are travelling from abroad to attend MIPTV, Midem or the Cannes Film festival, you might have to comply with coronavirus safety restrictions in the countries you pass through. It is probably a good idea to check the latest travel advice and entry guidelines for the countries through which you wish to travel before making arrangements. Several countries have imposed travel restrictions to and from mainland China, for example.
In France, a specific “reception service” for travelers exists at Roissy Charles de Gaulle (Paris) airport for flights from China, Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR. This service is provided by approved civil security association personnel, in conjunction with the airport medical staff and reinforced by medical and paramedical professionals reporting to the Ministry of Health.(Source: French Institute of Public Health Surveillance).
Should I cancel my trip to Cannes?
The corona outbreak is spreading. Some 80% of the cases are in China, with outbreaks in Japan and Italy. The wisest decision is probably to make sure that your trip is covered by adequate insurance if you have to cancel. To get the latest picture of where the virus is active, visit the New York Times chart.
NOTE: at the time of posting this, the early bird rate of EUR890 (excl taxes) is still available. Don’t forget the CanneSeries fair that takes place just before MIPTV. Visitors get free access to it.
Seriously, I’m really scared.
This corona issue is making me sick.
it has collapsed so many businesses and tearing apart so many economies.
I really hope a vaccine is found soon
anyway I love you blog post
Yes. But until a vaccine is found, we have to buckle down, stay healthy and follow all the health and sanitary advice.
Since I posted this, the MIPIM trade fair has also been cancelled and the Cannes Film festival postponed for two months. Will it go ahead at all?
A lot of things are being halted due to this pandemic. Hope this ends soon or else a lot of people will suffer.
i thought covid would be over by now or atleat get stable but it has not shown any signs of decreasing yet.
As you say, “or at least get stable”. It looks like we are months away from that. Even though France is currently (April 2020) preparing to relax some of the confinement rules, it is one of the countries with the strictest regulations for that. So I don’t see them allowing MIPTV with thousands of visitors to take place. If they are willing to abandon the Cannes Film Festival, they are willing to abandon anything to get a grip on the pandemic.
This Covid-19 Pandemic is really Horrible. According to me this kind of situation never took place in the entire world before. In which every country is suffering from many issues and Instability.Lots of People are losing their jobs and Peoples are Unware of What’s Going on.
Well, I appreciateht you for sharing this great Post.
Thanks! Hope you are staying safe!
The situations are coming under our control and the things may be good in sometimes.
Let’s hope so!
Midem just held their first online-only edition. It’s not quite the same thing as an actual trade fair.
Better safe than sorry! Stay safe, everyone!
Wear your masks! 🙂
A year back, attending the event was not a good idea and it is not even now.
John, for the record all the events that had been planned were cancelled. This includes the largely outdoor sailing festival and market. The next big one is the Cannes Film Festival, which is still hopeful it can be held later in the year.