The National Restaurant Association Show has announced the cancellation of its 2020 event due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
The association released a statement updating the industry with news of the ‘unavoidable cancellation’ after taking advice from the CDC and the Governor of Illinois.
Originally scheduled to take place in Chicago on May 16-19, the event has been cancelled rather than postponed, with the industry forced to wait until the 2021 show.
The National Restaurant Association’s statement read: “We recognize the critical importance of the Show to the industry and we know that this will come as a disappointment to those who had planned for months to attend.
“While it is not the outcome we wanted, amid all the uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety of our attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, vendor partners and our own staff is paramount. This is our community and we all must be kept safe.”
More information will follow in an email to exhibitors and registered attendees of the National Restaurant Association Show on April 7.
The statement closed: “We thank you for your patience, understanding, and partnership.”