One of the largest trucking industry events of the year has been cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On April 29, event organizers announced that the Great American Trucking Show (GATS) was cancelled.
GATS was scheduled to take place August 27 — 29 in Dallas, Texas.
In a statement released on the GATS website, event organizers detailed why they cancelled and what’s in store for the future:
The same fears and uncertainties that have led entities as diverse as Facebook and Major League Baseball to cancel or severely curtail in-person events have informed a very difficult decision: Randall-Reilly is canceling the Great American Trucking Show, scheduled for Aug. 27-29, 2020. This decision has been made with the health and well-being of all participants first and foremost in mind.
We remain committed to producing events like GATS that showcase the latest information in trucking, equipment, parts and accessories, as well as access to jobs. We will use the coming months to determine what form future events take and assess the safeguards needed to ensure your health.
Coronavirus concerns also cancelled the 2020 Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) that was set to take place at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky, from March 26 — 28, 2020.