After the International Match Days in Essen, the next trade fair is well known. The date for SPIEL 2023 has long been fixed. The organizing Friedhelm Merz Verlag remains at the beginning of October. 

Fast 150.000 fans from all over the world came for SPIEL'22 after eating. Hundreds of innovations were played and then often went over the shop counters. The fair came to an end on October 9th – and with that the waiting for next year begins for many.

PLAY again during the NRW holidays

From October 5th to 8th, 2023, the International Match Days will take place in Essen next year, as Friedhelm Merz Verlag had communicated long ago. On four days in the middle of the Ruhr area, the games will be played again from Thursday to Sunday, with the press day traditionally taking place one day before it opens to visitors. The public holiday on October 3rd and the associated driving ban for trucks from midnight to 0 p.m. is relevant for exhibitors. The trade fair organizers want to inform the exhibitors accordingly.

The date is traditionally in the autumn holidays. They will take place in North Rhine-Westphalia from October 2nd to 14th, 2023. 

As usual, the organizers will communicate the details of SPIEL'23 step by step, with an increased flow of information the closer the trade fair actually gets. What is also clear is that the trade fair will take place in Essen next year and also the year after.

It is completely unclear what the general conditions regarding Corona will look like at SPIEL'23. The infection numbers are currently pointing to a significant increase in the autumn and winter months, and only with the beginning of the warmer season will it likely become clear where the giant is going with the corona pandemic and the associated hygiene measures. This year, the organizing Friedhelm Merz Verlag had a strict Masks are compulsory inside the Essen exhibition halls, and rightly so, as can now be seen from the pandemic statistics – almost a week after the trade fair. Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) is appealing to the federal states to expand the obligation to wear a mask indoors again in view of the colder season. Lauterbach assumes that there is a high number of unreported cases, which should be three to four times the data published by the RKI. 

What the hygiene concept will look like in the coming year is therefore unclear and primarily a matter of politics. The organizers can then make their own decisions within the framework of the legal framework and, if necessary, also initiate stricter protective measures than officially planned. Despite the current pandemic development, the focus is on hygiene measures and personal protection, there are no general travel restrictions or restrictions for major events. It can at least be assumed that it will be similar next year if the corona situation has not eased significantly overall. 

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