The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has caused the cancellation of major automotive events all over the world such as the Geneva International Motor Show. Locally, even the annual Manila International Auto Show has been postponed to a later (but still undisclosed) date. Now, it seems more show organizers are taking the hit to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The organizers of the 2020 New York International Auto Show (NYAS) have announced that the event, originally slated for April 10 to 19, will be postponed to later this year. Based on the announcement, the NYAS has been rescheduled to take place on August 28 and until September 6, 2020. Press days will be scheduled on August 26 and 27, 2020.

“We are taking this extraordinary step to help protect our attendees, exhibitors and all participants from the coronavirus. For 120 years, ‘the show must go on’ has been heavily embedded in our DNA, and while the decision to move the show dates didn’t come easy, our top priority remains with the health and well-being of all those involved in this historic event.” said Mark Schienberg, president of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, the organization that owns and operates the New York Auto Show.  

Rather than canceling the show, the organizers have decided that the NYAS show must go on as it attributes great economical benefit. Furthermore, they add that the show has a direct impact on the hundreds of thousands of consumers who attend the event and use the show on deciding for their next purchase.

“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,” Schienberg added.

With COVID-19 continuing to spread worldwide, expect more events with major gathers to be canceled or postponed in order to safeguard the health of individuals. Hopefully, the virus will have been contained in the coming months in order for events such as the NYAS to continue.