It is no news that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has disrupted activities around the globe. This disruption includes the cancellation of major events with no exception to sports shows, due to fears of the virus spreading among the crowds.
The Coronavirus can easily spread among the large crowds gathered at the event
Following the cancellation of the Geneva Motor Show, there have been speculations about whether the upcoming New York Auto Show would be canceled too. Unfortunately, it has been confirmed that the show will not be held as scheduled. It has been postponed to August.
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The information was contained in a press release put out by organizers of the show. According to a member of the organizing committee, Mark Schienberg, the postponement is a precautionary measure taken in the interest of participants of the show. He explained that, for the past twenty years, organizers of the show have upheld the mantra “the show must go on.” The show has always been held at the scheduled periods against all odds. But this time, they are forced to do otherwise in order to ensure the safety of everyone who will be part of the show.
“We are taking this extraordinary step to help protect our attendees, exhibitors and all participants from the Coronavirus.
We have already been in communication with many of our exhibitors and partners and are confident that the new dates for the 2020 Show will make for another successful event.”
Auto lovers and stakeholders were looking forward to the big car show initially scheduled to run from April 10 to April 19. But as of now, the new dates are August 28 to September 6. More details about activities on the new dates will be announced later.
Over 121,000 people are reportedly infected with the coronavirus worldwide with over 4,000 fatalities recorded. China and Italy are the worst-hit countries. In Nigeria, two cases of the infection have been confirmed with several suspected cases in view.
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