According to the fair organizers, the postponement was "in accordance with the epidemic prevention policy of Shanghai Municipality, the regulations on epidemic prevention and control at trade shows, and in the interest of the physical health of exhibitors and visitors." However, the planned exhibition location is unchanged The organizers promised to remain "in close contact with the relevant authorities" to "ensure smooth preparation and proper organization of the fair."
Various media reported that covid case numbers in Shanghai had risen in early October to their highest level since July. While no complete lockdown has yet been imposed on the metropolis, there are reports that local "mini-lockdowns" are causing entire buildings to be closed as part of China's zero-covid policy.
Given the lockdown of 1.3 million people in Shanghai's downtown Yangpu district announced on October 28, organizing the fair is likely to become an even greater challenge.