Fashion events, trade shows across India postponed as third wave of Covid-19 spreads
With the spread of Omicron across India, a slew of fashion and jewellery trade shows and events have announced that they are postponed, just after many events businesses only recently restarted their events schedules.
Many jewellery fairs, both business-to-customer and business-to-business, were scheduled for January and February for the upcoming wedding season when there is traditionally a high demand for fine jewellery. However, events including Jewellery Show of India, which was scheduled to take place from January 14 to 16 in Bengaluru, have been postponed amid Covid-19 concerns.
Some of the events have chosen to postpone their upcoming editions due to safety concerns and others have had to postpone them due to local regulations. In Delhi, a weekend and evening curfew means that any weekend or evening events are immediately postponed and other states also have similar regulations as well as limits on the number of people who may gather in one place.
In the personal care and homeware sectors, the organisers of the Home and Personal Care Ingredients Exhibition and Conference, set for January 27 to 28, recently announced that it has been postponed for safety reasons due to the pandemic. The Cosmohome Tech Expo has also postponed its edition which was scheduled to run from February 3 to 4 in Mumbai.
Business-to-customer shopping fairs are also facing postponement in numerous areas. The Haat, a fashion exhibition which promotes Indian designers to new audiences, postponed its January Raipur and Kolkata editions, it announced on Facebook.
“In the recent wake of [the] outbreak of coronavirus in Kolkata, Raipur, the government has issued an advisory for prohibition of mass gathering in public places,” The Haat announced in a statement. “When the situation comes under control we shall keep you posted with the upcoming dates.”
As shopping events like The Haat focus on up-and-coming and smaller brands, a postponement of shopping fairs once again will exacerbate financial difficulties faced by these labels.
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