Omicron impact: Events across India face the brunt

Just when the offline events’ scene in the country had started getting back on its feet, the rising number of cases of the Omicron variant has become a cause of worry, again.

Organisers of Auto Expo in Greater Noida have decided to postpone the event in light of “uncertainty around how Covid -19 would develop in the coming months”.

But this isn’t the only event that has faced the brunt of rising cases of Omicron in the country. A steady surge in concerts and other events getting cancelled or postponed, is being reported from across the country. Earlier this month, The “PAPEREX 2022” World’s Biggest Paper Expo Which was scheduled to be held from 9-12th January 2022 in India Expo Mart, Grater Noida was postponed to 10-13th May 2022, in accordance with the new SOPs issued. All flight tickets were booked and vendors were paid and we lost a lot of money. But, Sadly, Governments are not supporting event industry not even 1%. If Omnicorn remains a threat, we have to work on other components.

Even the Auto Expo in Greater Noida will miss its edition this year. Rajesh Menon, director general, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), says, “There is uncertainty around how Covid -19 would develop in the coming months and at the same time organising Auto Expo would need a lead time of preferably a year. The magnitude of the risk of spread of infection is extremely high in a B2C show like Auto Expo which is visited by large crowds and maintaining social distancing would be difficult.”

“Hopefully this will be a better year for everyone.”

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