MATS Officials Say Show Will Go On But Admit Plans Could Change
Louisville, KY – As the trucking industry’s largest exhibition approaches, Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) organizers are seeking to calm nervousness over the spread of COVID-19, known as the coronavirus.
As fears about the possible spread of the coranavirus grip many around the country, MATS officials say the show will go on as scheduled.
The 49th annual MATS is set for March 26-28, 2020, and in a new statement, organizers say they are “focused on the health and safety of all attendees, exhibitors, vendors, staff and others involved in the show.”
“We are actively monitoring the situation and will respond quickly to any significant developments that may arise in the next few weeks,” MATS organizers said. “We encourage all of our participants to take the necessary precautions to avoid the spread of the virus and avoid [the] show if they are sick.”
The trucking industry’s largest show is held at the Kentucky Exposition Center and organizers stated they will continue to “closely monitor the facility for cleanliness and implementing additional disinfectant schedules for public surfaces such as railings, door handles, restrooms, etc.”
Officials did allow for the possibility that plans could change should “circumstances change.”
MATS officials are advising all who will be in attendance to: wash your hands regularly with soap and water; avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands; avoid close contact with people who are sick to reduce the risk of infection from any type of virus; and stay away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
The show is expected to be negatively impacted this year due to coronavirus concerns, officials admitted.
“Some of our international exhibitors have been impacted by COVID-19, due to travel restrictions and the spread of the virus in China and South Korea. The expected cancellations of China-based exhibitors and attendees will have limited impact on the show, representing less than 5% of the exhibiting companies [and] less than 2% of MATS attendance.”
For more information on the steps MATS officials are taking to ensure the safety of all who attend, click HERE.
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