Covid-19 keeps creating more havoc as another international trade fair has been forced to cancel its upcoming event.
NY NOW, which recently moved its August Summer edition to October, has decided to cancel the autumn edition and the co-located National Stationery Show, both scheduled for 18-20 October 2020 at the Jacob Javits Centre in New York.
Recent developments including the ongoing progression of the virus in the US, have made it impossible to bring buyers and brands together safely and successfully.
“We are naturally disappointed not to have the opportunity to bring our community together face-to-face in New York City,” says Tim Hart, SVP, NY NOW.
“However, we remain committed to finding ways to connect our brands, designers, makers and retailers with NY NOW’s hallmark spirit of discovery.”
Current quarantines, containment areas, stay at home orders, and restrictions on congregating and large gatherings imposed by states and other government and public health authorities; travel restrictions into the New York City area; and the various company-imposed travel restrictions on employees affecting attendees and participating companies have impacted the decision to cancel the show.
“Our attention will now turn to NY NOW Winter 2021 and our digital offerings. Since March, we have been pleased to provide practical and relevant content to our community through our webinar and podcast program and have seen some fantastic engagement.
“In a spirit of innovation and discovery, we will continue to develop ways to provide meaningful digital connections and will update you as our plans develop,” adds Hart.
NY NOW Winter 2021 is held from 6 to 11 February 2021.
Shoppe Object, an independent tradeshow for home and gifts and held around the same time as NY NOW, has also announced the cancellation of its October show in New York City.
It will now focus on its virtual event, Shoppe On, a year-round wholesale e-commerce platform, launching on 24 August 2020.