Over the last few days, the Federal Council and the Canton of Geneva have presented new health measures aimed at controlling the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic. Following on from these announcements, the CHI Geneva organising committee decided to cancel the show’s 2020 edition.
The CHI Geneva organising committee have done everything in their power. Strict and far-reaching health security measures had been put in place and many scenarios considered so that the event could take place, even with a very restricted number of spectators or behind closed doors.
However, the announcements made by the Federal Council on Wednesday, 28th October and by the Geneva State Council on Sunday, 1st November have now limited events to five people, rendering the holding of an event like CHI Geneva impossible. With participants and staff not being included in this figure, the closed-door option was studied, but in the current health situation the organising committee cannot of course envisage bringing together under one roof a total of some 400 committee members, volunteers, riders, grooms, etc. The 2020 show which was to take place at Palexpo from 10th to 13th December has therefore been cancelled. Spectators who have already bought tickets will receive full refunds.
“The health situation is serious and the safety of the population is the absolute priority. This year’s show would have been quite different to what we expect, but we had hoped nevertheless to offer riders and drivers the opportunity to practise their sport, while offering the public the possibility of following their performances on our Live Streaming or on TV. The announcements of the last few days have however made it impossible to hold the event. This cancellation is a severe blow for all involved in the show who have worked extremely hard for many months on the various scenarios. But we will return even stronger in 2021 to celebrate our 60th edition. By taking this decision today, we are guaranteeing the continuation of our event over the years to come”, shares Sophie Mottu Morel, CHI Geneva Show Director.
The organising committee would like to warmly thank their partners, who have provided solid support throughout these last months. Thanks go too to the riders, volunteers, exhibitors and officials for their understanding and support in this decision. The organisers hereby invite their supporters to the 60th edition of CHI Geneva from 9th to 12th December 2021.