A few weeks ago, New York Auto Show officials were doubling-down, insisting that the show would continue as planned despite the coronavirus outbreak, and that they had installed 70 additional hand sanitizer dispensers to keep people safe.
But in light of recent developments, they have had a change of heart, announcing today that they’re rescheduling the show to August 28 – September 6, 2020. Ugh. First the Geneva Motor Show, and now this.
Here’s the official press release announcing the news:
As a result of the ongoing health concerns from the spread of the coronavirus in the region, the New York International Auto Show has been rescheduled to August 28 – September 6, 2020. Press days are August 26 & 27, 2020.
“We are taking this extraordinary step to help protect our attendees, exhibitors and all participants from the coronavirus,” said Mark Schienberg, president of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, the organization that owns and operates the New York Auto Show.
“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. 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 more than $330 million in economic benefit attributed to the annual New York International Auto Show, this event has a huge impact on the local and state economies including the thousands of workers who build the Show each year as well as the hospitality and related services industries that depend on it. It also has a direct impact on the hundreds of thousands of consumers who attend the 10-day event and use the Auto Show to make decisions on their next vehicle purchase.
We are pleased with this new solution and would like to thank New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center for accommodating this change of date.
The Show will provide more details in the coming weeks.
I can’t say that I’m surprised, but I’m still bummed by the news. Here’s hoping that this whole mess is cleared up in time for the Detroit Auto Show..