The organizers of a major truck show slated to take place next month have cancelled the event, citing growing concerns over the Omicron variant.
The Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show, scheduled to take place February 4 and 5 in Peoria, Illinois, has been cancelled due to the threat of COVID-19.
“Health experts predict the Show dates would coincide with the expected peak of the Omicron variant. We don’t want to be a “super spreader” event and subject our attendees and exhibitors to a potentially life-threatening situation,” the Mid-West Truckers Association said.
“Our concern and those expressed by potential attendees and exhibitors means canceling the Truck & Trailer Show is the right decision. We realize the difficulties in producing such an event are compounded due to the recent ‘perfect storm’ of issues brought on by the omicron COVID variant and its effect on staffing capabilities and potential health problems for the most vulnerable. We have seen the devastation this has caused even among our own members,” said Don Schaefer, Executive Vice President of the Mid-West Truckers Association.
Organizers have rescheduled the show for February 3 and 4, 2023.