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Salone Del Mobile may postpone again as COVID resurges in Italy – ArchPaper

Milan’s Salone Del Mobile may cancel the 2021 edition of the worldwide furniture fair if the Italian government doesn’t issue COVID clarifications.

Back during normal times: A busy day at the 2019 edition of Salone del Mobile in Italy. (Andrea Mariani/Courtesy Salone del Mobile Milano)
Back during normal times: A busy day at the 2019 edition of Salone del Mobile in Italy. (Andrea Mariani/Courtesy Salone del Mobile Milano)

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Milan’s Salone Del Mobile, now in its 60th year as the world’s largest furniture fair, was forced to delay its 2020 edition first to June, then to September of 2021 as COVID ravaged Europe and especially Italy. Now, even as the Venice Architecture Biennale still plans to go ahead with a physical festival in May, Salone Del Mobile organizers are pushing the Italian government to clarify its safety precautions before they can open the fair to the public September 5 through 10.

Cases of COVID-19 are currently exploding in Italy and over half of the country’s 20 regions are under lockdown through April 6. Vaccinations are lagging as the E.U. tries to crack down on vaccine exports outside of the bloc that are further reducing supply, and Italy is averaging about 22,000 new infections per week at the time of writing while only 4.92 percent of the population is fully vaccinated.

All that said, Claudio Luti, president of the Salone Del Mobile, is reportedly urging the government to answer its questions on estimated vaccination dates, when international travel will reopen, how vaccination passports will work, and when trade fairs, currently forbidden, will be allowed to be held again. If the government can’t figure it out in time, Luti told Interni Magazine in an interview on March 26, then the festival will have to cancel its 2021 outing and focus exclusively on the April 2022 iteration.

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