Organizers of the 2020 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) say that they are moving forward with plans to open the Show as scheduled (press preview days 8-9 April, despite the coronavirus. A number of high-propfile and large-scale events, such as the Geneva International Motor Show and the APS March Meeting, have cancelled due to concerns about the virus.
In a statement, the organizers said that the Javits Center and the Auto Show are taking precautionary measures inside the venue while the state and local agencies are taking steps to limit the spread of respiratory viruses.
In recent weeks, the Javits Center has:
Installed 70 hand-sanitizing stations throughout the convention center to allow visitors to clean their hands more frequently;
Increased the cleaning of high-volume, high-touch areas, including paper towel dispensers, vanity tops, counters and door handles;
Maintained a team of specially trained paramedics on site during all open event hours and access to a fully equipped first-aid station on site;
Engaged with health departments at the city, state and federal levels to ensure we receive the latest updates and protocols; and
Distributed critical information among key staff members and business partners to help prevent communicable sicknesses throughout the venue.
The Auto Show has implemented new standards for all vehicle detailing companies providing services for the event. Those measures include the use of disinfectant cleaning agents and increased frequency.
To date, there are 18 OEM press conferences scheduled with an expected 50+ world and North American new vehicle debuts from the world’s automakers.