Coverings Cancels 2020 Exhibition and Conference Due to Coronavirus
March 18, 2020 – ARLINGTON, Va. – Coverings (coverings.com), the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, announced today it has canceled Coverings 2020, which was scheduled to take place April 20-23 in New Orleans, Louisiana, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Coverings event organizers have been monitoring the domestic and global developments regarding the coronavirus for several weeks. Their decision to cancel Coverings 2020 is a preemptive effort to minimize exposure to the COVID-19 virus and is in recognition of, and in full adherence to, federal, state and local requirements that are evolving due to these circumstances.
“The health and safety of our exhibitors and attendees are very important show priorities to Coverings,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, the management company for Coverings. “Given the public health emergency we are currently facing, we believe the only action at this time is for Coverings 2020 to be canceled.”
The decision to cancel the event was reached after a careful review of the unprecedented situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus, evolving travel restrictions, recommendations by public health officials, and the health of the Coverings global community.
Coverings has been providing connections, education, and a global marketplace for the tile and stone industry for more than 30 years. The organization continues to be committed to the education and promotion of the tile and stone industry.
Plans for a robust Coverings 2021 will be launched in the near future. The 2021 event will be April 13-16, in Orlando, Florida.
“We ask for your patience and understanding during this time of uncertainty,” said Hoff. “Please monitor www.coverings.com, Coverings’ social media channels and future press releases as we work toward a successful Coverings in April 2021.”
Frequently Asked Questions:
Will Coverings 2020 be postponed?
- No, given the size of Coverings and the length of time needed for set up and break down, there is no location able to accommodate us in 2020 to postpone the show. Coverings 2021 will be preplanned in the near future.
Is Coverings planning any online activities?
- We are currently looking into providing education during and after what was to be the week of Coverings 2020. We will be distributing information about these plans as they develop.
I’m an exhibitor and want to know what happens now?
- We are working through the implications of canceling and will provide an exhibitor update soon.
Will there be a Coverings 2021?
- We are definitely planning Coverings 2021 and look forward to working with our whole community of partners to produce a robust show in Orlando, Florida, April 13-16, 2021.
I registered for Consumer Day; what happens now?
- If you registered for Consumer Day, we will be in touch directly regarding your registration.
- For general questions not addressed above, please email [email protected], and a member of the team will get back to you.
- For members of the press and reporters, contact Eberly & Collard Public Relations to request interviews, quotes or other editorial information. Call 404-574-2900, or email Don Eberly, [email protected]; Jack Dulin, [email protected]; or Cayla Shoup, [email protected].
For more information, visit coverings.com.
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