COVID-19 Update

High Point Market Authority Sets Dates for Postponed Spring Market

 

This is copied in full from a press release sent out by the High Point Market Authority (HPMA) on 3/18.

 

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 18, 2020 — The High Point Market Authority announces new dates for the postponed Spring 2020 High Point Market. Originally scheduled for April 25-29, the postponement was announced last week in light of NC Governor Cooper’s advisement to cancel all events that draw an attendance of 100 or more people due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The new dates for Spring Market 2020 are June 12-14. This condensed Market will run for 3 days instead of the typical 5, and will be held Friday through Sunday instead of the typical Saturday through Wednesday schedule. It will likely include minimal programming, keeping the focus on appointments and sales meetings within the showrooms.

“We’re choosing to focus on the positive and look at this as an opportunity for exhibitors and buyers alike to really hone in on the foundational element upon which Market was built, the buy/sell relationship,” commented Dudley Moore, Jr., chairman of the High Point Market Authority’s board of directors and president of Otto & Moore. “With minimal programming on the schedule, the relational aspect of the product sourcing cycle will truly shine, and attending buyers will have more time in their schedules to explore new vendors, visit parts of Market they usually don’t have time for, and hopefully grow their product prospect list as a result.”

All Spring Market passes that have already been received via mail will still be honored for the June show. The new registration fee for industry passes will remain in effect. The onsite processing fee will be waived for all pass types.

Given the uncertainty of the pandemic and with no set parameters for the length of time the imposed restrictions will remain in place for large gatherings, Market Authority officials have pledged to reassess the ongoing situation in mid-May and announce a decision no later than Friday, May 15. Should conditions improve, online registration will re-open May 15. The website, www.highpointmarket.org, will be updated regularly to showcase exhibitors who will be open and product that will be launched.

“The decision to postpone was inevitable as the situation evolved last week, but still not made lightly,” commented Tom Conley, president and CEO of the High Point Market Authority. “We look forward with hope, and are focusing on actionable solutions that will best support our buyers, exhibitors, and our industry as a whole. Our industry and community have weathered storms before, and I am confident that we will all get through this together. ”

 

Thursday, February 27, 2020

IMC is actively and continuously monitoring the Covid-19 Coronavirus outbreak, in line with local and national authorities, public health advice, CDC and WHO guidelines. The High Point Market Authority is also monitoring the situation with the CDC, WHO and has met with local health and emergency personnel. 

Unless otherwise advised, High Point Market will take place as scheduled April 25-29, 2020. See the High Point Market Authority's latest statements and updates, here.

We strongly urge our exhibitors and visitors to refer to the guidelines and protocols as suggested by the WHO www.who.int and local /national public health authorities to contain and mitigate against any further spread of the virus. Customers who wish to participate in our events and who are not impacted by travel restrictions are free to do so.  Travel advice and entry guidelines vary from country to country and several countries have imposed travel restrictions.

The health and safety of our exhibitors, visitors and staff is our number one priority. As such, we would like to share an update with you on how our team is monitoring the situation and what preventative actions we are putting in place for Market.

  • Increase surface cleaning (door handles, elevator buttons, escalator hand rails, registration desks, restrooms, food service areas, coat check, etc.).

  • Increase hand sanitizing stations around the campus (main lobbies, registration areas, food service areas, elevator and escalator landings, etc.)

  • Enhanced on-site medical services

We encourage all attendees to learn more about prevention information on the CDC website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html.

We will continue to closely monitor this situation and update our customers accordingly. 
 

RESOURCES

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.

Under current circumstances, certain people will have an increased risk of infection, for example, healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 and other close contacts of persons with COVID-19. CDC has developed guidance to help in the risk assessment and management of people with potential exposures to COVID-19.

Comprehensive information from the CDC can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

From the World Health Organization (WHO):

RECOMMENDATIONS AND ADVICE FOR THE PUBLIC If you are not in an area where COVID-19 is spreading, or if you have not traveled from one of those areas or have not been in close contact with someone who has and is feeling unwell, your chances of getting it are currently low. However, it’s understandable that you may feel stressed and anxious about the situation. It’s a good idea to get the facts to help you accurately determine your risks so that you can take reasonable precautions. (See Frequently Asked Questions) Your healthcare provider, your national public health authority and your employer are all potential sources of accurate information on COVID-19 and whether it is in your area. It is important to be informed of the situation where you live and take appropriate measures to protect yourself. (See Protection measures for everyone).

Comprehensive information from the World Health Organization (WHO) can be found at: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019