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Coronavirus: New York’s Auto Show Postponed Until August

Author: Daniel-RufiangePublished:  3/10/2020
Coronavirus: New York’s Auto Show Postponed Until August Coronavirus: New York’s Auto Show Postponed Until August

With the number of events being cancelled or postponed around the world due to the coronavirus crisis, there’s been plenty of speculation as to whether the New York Auto Show would go ahead as scheduled in early April.

Until today, organizers played a consistent tune: The Show Must Go On.

Indeed, despite the cancellation of the Geneva Motor Show over fears of the coronavirus spreading further, and even though new cases of COVID-19 infection are being identified almost every day in New York City, the president of the New York International Auto Show, Mark Schienberg, said this week that preparations for the upcoming event were progressing well. What’s more, he said vehicle displays were being added to the schedule and advance ticket sales for the multi-day event were up.

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Despite the positive attitude struck by the event's organizers, however, the fact is that the Jacob Javits Center, host of the NY auto show, falls under the jurisdiction of New York State. This means that, no matter that show organizers might want, ultimately the state governor's office, Andrew Cuomo, has the final say as to whether a large-scale public event can go on in this context.

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