Tag Archives: covid-19

Disappointing retail footfall as Covid nervousness grows

According to retail experts Springboard, although footfall across UK retail destinations rose by +5.5% last week from the week before, it ended with a disappointing performance, felt especially by large city centres, with footfall over the weekend declining by -8.5% in Central London and by -6.4% in cities outside of …

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Spielwarenmesse: latest update

Organisers of the Nuremberg Toy Fair, Spielwarenmesse eG, are continuing their preparations for a live, in-person event following decisions recently taken by the Bavarian government, which have reaffirmed that Spielwarenmesse can go ahead safely at the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre from 2 to 6 February 202 A survey conducted by Spielwarenmesse eG last …

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Toy Fair 2022 issues update amid Omicron uncertainty

In light of the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 Omicron variant, the BTHA has issued a statement regarding Toy Fair 2022: “We are all looking forward to Toy Fair and are working hard to deliver a great Toy Fair 2022 at Olympia London. “We are continuing to follow the latest government …

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Many parents skipping Santa visit but unconcerned over toy shortage, survey finds

With COVID-19 and Omicron threatening the holiday season, a new survey from Researchscape International on behalf of Zuhoo, the virtual Santa visit platform, finds many U.S. families are concerned about safety protocols regarding Santa visits and the annual Christmas photos. The most wonderful time of the year is not without its …

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Stress-free travel planning for Spielwarenmesse 2022

In advance of the Nuremberg Toy Fair, which runs from 2 to 6 February 2022, the Spielwarenmesse team is reminding visitors to Germany to familiarise themselves with the latest travel regulations. Before travelling to Germany, visitors must have evidence of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test. In addition, …

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Mattel welcomes Oxford Vaccine professor Dame Sarah Gilbert to its Barbie Role Model line-up

Vaccinologist and a member of the team behind the development of the Oxford vaccine, Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert has been welcomed into the ranks of Barbie Role Model by Mattel, who has honoured the scientist with the production of a Barbie in her own likeness. Professor Gilbert is the Saϊd …

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Registration opens for the return of The Independent Toy & Gift Show this September

Registration is now open for this year’s Independent Toy & Gift show, the annual trade event that will be making its in-person return to Cranmore Park this September, following its 2020 hiatus at the hands of the coronavirus pandemic and government restrictions. Taking place from September 14th to 15th at …

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Autumn Fair will be implementing Covid-19 status checks when doors open this September

Autumn Fair has introduced Covid-19 status checks for all attendees on arrival at the show this year, as it prepares to open its doors for the first time in 18 months since the pandemic hit, this September 5th to 8th. The show’s organiser has also updated its Safe & Secure …

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Conflicted and terrified | Toy retail and gaming events approach ‘Freedom Day’ with caution and confusion

With Government plans full steam ahead to lift all Covid restrictions on July 19th, despite evidence of rising cases, the discordantly named Freedom Day has left toy and game communities at odds with the change in approach to health and safety this summer. This week has seen major events in …

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Retail trade union Usdaw slams government Covid relaxation plans as “too much too soon”

The retail trade union Usdaw has blasted the Prime Minister and UK government’s plans on lifting safety measures in stores as “too much too soon” following Boris Johnson’s latest address to the nation to move ahead with the release of Covid restrictions from July 19th. This week Johnson told the …

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