LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Members of the trucking industry planning to attend the 2020 Mid-America Trucking Show March 26-28 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville can expect the show to go on unless concerns about the COVID-19 virus result in a government-mandated shut-down, according to a spokesperson for Exhibit Management Associates Inc.
“Freight is arriving as we speak, the show directory and on-site signage have already gone to press, rental orders are being pulled and loaded onto trucks — the show is moving forward as planned,” the spokesperson said.
Attendees and vendors can visit www.truckingshow.com/covid-19-update for updates and information about organizers’ efforts to ensure the show is safe and successful.
The website states that organizers “are focused on the health and safety of all attendees, exhibitors, vendors, staff and others involved in the show” and that they are “actively monitoring the situation.” All show participants are encouraged to take precautions, such as frequent hand-washing, and to avoid the show if they are sick or have flulike symptoms.
A statement on the website notes: “At present the CDC considers the immediate health risk from COVID-19 to be low. We will continue to monitor the position of the CDC and follow the precautions and guidelines they lay out leading up to the show. Additionally, we are working with the Kentucky Exposition Center to closely monitor the facility for cleanliness and implementing additional disinfectant schedules for public surfaces such as railings, door handles, restrooms, etc. We will have more hand-sanitization stations available in high-traffic areas and will encourage everyone in attendance to use them often.”
MATS organizers say they will continue to update the public in the weeks leading up to the show. “We are actively monitoring the situation and working closely with the state and city to prepare in the best possible way for any scenario that may develop regarding COVID-19. We will be continually assessing the potential risks and will make any necessary adjustments should circumstances change.”
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