On Monday, the venue that houses Guangzhou’s Canton Fair, also referred to as China Import and Export Fair announced that all fairs and festivals will be suspended indefinitely as the Pazhou-based complex looks to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

In an official WeChat post by the venue, provincial government documents have shared that show the venue’s halt on public gatherings and events. The announcement additionally notes that the complex will keep in close contact with authorities and update everyone as soon as normal operations are resumed.

Although not explicitly stated in the post, Canton Fair 2020 Spring, which was scheduled to begin on April 15, could potentially be canceled if activities do not resume in time.

On the fair’s official website, pre-registration is still up and running, as of February 5. Although, we’d imagine that even if the fair does go ahead as planned, attendance would likely be impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

The last session of the Canton Fair, held from October 15, 2019, to November 4, 2019, brought in over 186,000 overseas buyers and nearly USD30 billion in business turnover, according to their official website.

The venue for Canton Fair, China’s oldest and biggest trade fair, has suspended exhibition activities until further notice due to the outbreak of a new coronavirus.

Canton Fair Complex said in a post on its official Wechat account on Tuesday that the move was in line with the government’s request to help control the spread of virus.

Canton Fair was originally scheduled to hold its spring season exhibition at the complex from April 15, according to its website.