Opti 2022 // All Systems are Go!

All systems go for the ophthalmic optics industry: GHM welcomes the easing of COVID restrictions

opti 2022 from 13 to 15 May is sure to be the long-missed industry get-together in Munich for contacts and business. The federal-state conference on 16 February has given the international trade show for optics & design, as well as the trade fair industry as a whole, the prospect of opening and planning security it has been longing for. All significant pandemic-related restrictions will be lifted on 20 March.

No more restrictions on visitor numbers, adjustment of the vaccination status regulation, opening of gastronomy and nightlife: Yesterday, the federal and state governments announced a far-reaching lifting of restrictions, which – especially for the trade fair industry in year three of the pandemic – is basically equivalent to a ‘Freedom Day’. Nearly all COVID measures and the social, cultural and economic restrictions they have brought with them will be lifted on 20 March, the first day of spring.

Final revival of trade fair life

AUMA, the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry, recently addressed policy-makers with a clear call to definitively revive Germany’s hard-hit trade fairs, citing a high vaccination rate, proven hygiene concepts and increasing openings in neighbouring countries.

Finally reliable planning perspectives

  • This is the news we’ve been waiting for for a long while. We’re all set and are happily counting down the days until we can open the doors to opti in mid-May. We want to take this opportunity to thank those who have kept their faith in us over the past months and have held on to their trust in trade shows in general and in us as an event organiser and especially in opti.

  • Finally, we have reliable planning perspectives that the trade fair industry has been waiting for for so long! I am happy for all exhibitors who decided early and confidently to participate in opti and now have reliable framework conditions for their trade fair preparations. For previously uncertain exhibitors, on the other hand, the political decisions have come in time for them to realize their trade show participation on this basis.

Self-evident basic protective measures

Despite the lifting of pandemic-related restrictions, protecting the health of all trade show participants will continue to be of prime importance at opti from 13 to 15 May 2022. Generous planning and social distancing requirements are still effective as basic protective measures, as are modern filter and ventilation technology and intensive cleaning intervals.

Tickets for the international optics show will be available exclusively online from the beginning of March: www.opti.de/en/tickets/

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Author: maarten weidemaAfter being a freelance eyewear designer since 1999, TEF founder Maarten Weidema now solely writes about his fellow designers in the optical industry. His passionate mission is to promote independent eyewear to the international optical arena, backed up by a large group of bloggers and journalists from all over the world. He has recently been awarded "International Optical Personality of the Year", "Leading Innovator in Optical Social Media Marketing", "Social Media Marketing Company of the Year" and received several awards for "best eyewear blog" for his efforts to promote independent eyewear to a community of 517.000 eyecare professionals.

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