After monitoring the situation carefully, Reed Exhibitions announced today that The London Book Fair 2020, scheduled to take place next week, has been cancelled following the escalation of COVID-19 Coronavirus. By today several of the large exhibitors including Hachette, HarperCollins, PanMac, Penguin and Amazon had already pulled out of the show. Reed’s press statement reads:
‘The effects, actual and projected, of Coronavirus are becoming evident across all aspects of our lives here in the UK and across the world, with many of our participants facing travel restrictions. We have been following UK government guidelines and working with the rolling advice from the public health authorities and other organisations, and so it is with reluctance that we have taken the decision not to go ahead with this year’s event.
We recognise that business has to continue. With this in mind, we will of course support and collaborate with exhibitors and visitors to keep our world moving during this difficult period. We thank all those from the UK and a multitude of other countries who have prepared over the last year to deliver what promised to be a wonderful book fair showcasing, as ever, the exciting best of the global book industry. The London Book Fair will return, better than ever, in 2021.’