MHK, one of Europe’s largest kitchen, furniture and plumbing retail networks, has announced that it is unable to hold its Annual General Meeting in Berlin this March, due to tightening coronavirus precautions in Germany.
On Sunday, a statement by the German Federal Minister of Health, Jens Spahn (CDU), called for events with more than 1,000 people to be cancelled.
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In a subsequent letter to invitees, Hans Strothoff, founder and CEO of Germany’s MHK Group, said that a close assessment of government guidelines made it clear that the recommendations of the Berlin authorities are ‘practically impossible to implement,’ therefore forcing the company to postpone its AGM to August.
Strothoff noted that the decision was difficult, writing: ‘We have reached the conclusion that we are unable to hold the MHK Annual General Meeting planned for 27 to 29 March in Berlin.
‘As you can imagine, this was a very difficult decision! Especially as we had organised a unique and special anniversary programme for you. Nevertheless, after the significant tightening of the assessment by the state authorities, we consider that we have no other alternative: under no circumstances should the health of our guests and employees be put at risk.
‘Typically for MHK, we have already considered alternatives. Subject to further confirmation, we are planning to hold the Annual General Meeting from 14 to 16 August 2020 at the ESTREL Hotel in Berlin. We will of course keep you up to date with developments regarding this.’