The North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the biggest and most important trade show for America's automakers, will not have its much-hyped June debut after all.
The Detroit show has been held at the TFC Center, formerly known as Cobo Center, for decades.More news: Samsung Galaxy M11 is official with Infinity-O display and three cameras
The center will be used for at least six months as health officials continue to battle the ongoing spread of COVID-19.
"The health and welfare of the citizens of Detroit and MI is paramount", Rod Alberts, executive director of the show, said in a memo published by Automotive News.
The NAIAS is the latest in a long line of events and conventions that have been canceled as COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, has spread from China to Europe, and now the USA and the rest of the world.More news: Chancellor gives support to millions of self-employed individuals
"With the more than 100 convention centers and facilities around the country being considered to potentially serve as temporary hospitals, it became clear to us that TCF Center would be an inevitable option to serve as a care facility to satisfy our community's urgent health needs", he said.
The Free Press said that even before news of the TCF Center being repurposed came about, NAIAS 2020 was becoming increasingly unfeasible considering an economy weakened by Covid-19.
The reason that organisers Detroit Auto Dealers Association moved the usually wintery January show to the summer was to so it could offer outdoor events along the riverfront, including test drives, demonstrations of self-driving cars and other new tech, plus the Motor Bella, a pre-show street festival of English and Italian cars in downtown Detroit. The NAIAS ticket office will be in contact with all ticket holders, according to the organizers.More news: Thomas Markle claims Prince Harry and Meghan Markle should support the Queen