Event organizers with a major trucking industry conference have decided to cancel over fears of COVID-19/Coronavirus.
On March 12, event organizers said that the National Private Truck Council (NPTC) 2020 Annual Conference and Exhibition was cancelled due to Coronavirus concerns.
The event had been scheduled to take place in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 26 — 28, 2020.
More than 1,250 attendees and 170 exhibitors were expected at this year’s NPTC conference.
Event organizers say that all registration fees will be refunded within 60 days. Exhibitors and sponsors will have the option of either a full refund or applying payments toward next year’s conference.
This decision is made in the best interest of the safety and welfare of all parties involved. It is also in response to the Governor of Ohio’s State of Emergency order this week recommending that mass meetings scheduled in the state be cancelled, as well as the fact the World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 crisis officially a pandemic and the U.S. government has banned travel from European Union countries into the United States. Many local and state jurisdictions around the country have issued orders recommending or requiring cancellations or limits on participation in all non-essential mass meetings.
The news comes the same day that event organizers announced that the 2020 Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) taking place in Louisville, Kentucky, from March 26 — 28, 2020 was cancelled due to Coronavirus concerns.