The management of the Mid-America Trucking Show announced today they are cancelling the massive truck show that was to start just two weeks from today due to the increasing wide-spread over the Coronavirus pandemic.
A statement posted on the show’s web page, and later emailed to registered show attendees on March 12, 2020 reads:
“It is with a heavy heart and deep regret that we announce the cancellation of the 2020 Mid-America Trucking Show scheduled for March 26-28 in Louisville, Kentucky.
“This is a decision we did not make lightly, but in consultation with our exhibitors, attendees, supporters, and partners, including Kentucky Venues, Louisville Tourism, Kentucky Governor’s Office, and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Families Services.
“In light of today’s extraordinary circumstances and with an abundance of caution, this decision has been made with the health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors, employees, and show partners in mind.
“MATS has a proud tradition as the largest and most well-attended show in heavy-duty trucking. We will return stronger than ever in 2021 and will focus on an unforgettable 50th-anniversary event – March 25-27, 2021, in Louisville, KY.”
This cancellation is not the first, or last event cancellation as it relates to the rapidly spreading pandemic. In addition to conferences officials have suspended NBA, MLB, NHL and NCAA sporting events until further notice. Various school districts are closing for the remainder of the month and Illinois and OH have closed all schools statewide.
President Trump announced the suspension of flights from Europe to the United States effective tomorrow night at midnight for 30 days in hopes to keep new cases of the virus from “reaching our shores.”