The Coronavirus (officially known as Covid-19) has caused concern in our industry, especially for international travelers.
In summary: be assured that CloudFest 2020 is going ahead as planned. We see minimal risk for our event in Rust, Germany and we are well prepared in maintaining the best possible environment for keeping attendees healthy and safe at Europa-Park.
However, though an abundance of caution, all travelers coming directly from China—either via direct flight or connection—will not be permitted access to the event. While we wish this wasn’t necessary, this precaution only affects a very small handful of registrants. Also please note that most airports around the world are conducting health screenings of passengers, and some countries have imposed travel bans. Please double-check the policies of the airports you’ll be passing through on your way to and from CloudFest.
We are in close communication with our Chinese exhibitors, and are making sure that they are still able to join us via their international teams. We are grateful for their cooperation in dealing with this unforeseen circumstance vis-a-vis an inherently international event like CloudFest. Our sympathies at this time are with those affected in China and around the world, and we are happy that our friends and colleagues from China and across Asia who were not in the affected areas during the outbreak can still join us.
You can all help us to have a safe and successful event by following the simple advice of the World Health Organization as you travel and attend crowded events such as CloudFest:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if your hands are not visibly dirty.
- When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue—discard the tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) of distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever.
- If you have mild respiratory symptoms and no travel history to or within China, carefully practice basic respiratory and hand hygiene and stay home until you are recovered, if possible.
Since we are also in the middle of flu season, please stay at home if you start feeling ill and do not come to CloudFest—this may only add to the nervousness surrounding public health at the moment.
You can see the WHO’s full advice to the public here:
For those receiving shipments from China ahead of CloudFest, or having materials meet you at Europa-Park, rest assured that the WHO has declared packages and mail items coming from China to be safe.
Also please remember: exposure to Coronavirus has nothing to do with what you look like—only whether or not you were in an affected area. Please see our Code of Conduct for how we expect everyone onsite to be treated.
Let’s make sure that CloudFest 2020 is safe, enjoyable, and productive. Thank you for your understanding as we tackle this unexpected obstacle together, and we look forward to seeing you in Rust.