o prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has decided to prolong the adaptive quarantine in the country until December 31, 2020. Also, the government has toughened the rules for mass events, and restrictions have touched upon the number of attendees at such events.
Currently, Ukraine is not the only country where quarantine measures have been toughened to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Aiming to stabilize the epidemiologic situation, new restrictions are introduced in Poland, Germany, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, and other countries.
Smile-Expo, the organizer of the Ukrainian Gaming Week (UGW) exhibition, said it "takes a serious approach to ensure safety at the event and wants to make sure that attendees, speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and media partners do not expose themselves to the risk of catching the infection and stay healthy." The organizer team is willing to realize the whole event program. However, due to the new requirements of the Ukrainian government, "it is not possible to organize the exhibition in the expected scope as well as to organize quality networking," according to the organizer.
As far as UGW aims to unite representatives of the gambling field from all over the world, everyone interested needs to have a possibility to get to the event irrespective of the country of residence. But taking into account that different countries are strengthening quarantine measures, foreign exhibitors and guests may face difficulties when travelling to Ukraine.
Therefore, Smile-Expo has decided to postpone Ukrainian Gaming Week to 2021. The UGW will take place on February 24-25 in Kyiv at the International Exhibition Centre.
The postponement of the event to a later date allows securing everyone who declared participation in the exhibition or planned to attend as a guest. Moreover, the decision to host Ukrainian Gaming Week in 2021 enables organizers to form an even more intense program and ensure seamless access to the event for both Ukrainian and foreign delegates and attendees.
After the legalization of the gambling business in the country, Ukrainian Gaming Week is the largest industry event that will bring together industry leaders interested in the revival of the legal gambling market in Ukraine. The event’s program involves a two-day exhibition of gambling products and services, conference featuring lawmakers, Ukrainian and foreign experts, open lecture session, UGW Awards, and a party.