Thursday, March 12
As the World Health Organization declares the COVID-19 virus a pandemic, event organizers within the decorated apparel industry announce postponements.
Impressions Expo announces the postponement of its Atlantic City show scheduled for March 19–21. The show will now take place Oct. 8–10, 2020.
A release shared on the event’s website reads, “The health and safety of each and every member of our community and our staff is of the utmost importance to us. After closely monitoring the risk and impact of COVID-19 on a daily basis, and speaking at length with members of our community, Impressions Expo Atlantic City, which had been scheduled for March 19–21, 2020, at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, NJ., has been postponed to October.”
With recent developments regarding the virus, the Impressions Expo management team says an effectively-executed March event would have been impossible due to the State of Emergency in New Jersey, quarantines, travel restrictions, and the cancellation of Impressions Expo Atlantic City customers and partners.
The announcement closes, reading, “The information on our website will be promptly updated and further announcements regarding the October 8-10, 2020, edition of Impressions Expo Atlantic City will be posted in due course.”
Additionally, Shirt Lab announces that its Chicago Women’s Nexus event, scheduled for June 6, 2020, will be postponed. Shirt Lab Dallas, scheduled for Oct. 2-3, is still scheduled.
Shirt Lab says in a press release, “Due to the uncertainty of the recent COVID-19 pandemic and because the health, safety, and well-being over everyone involved with Shirt Lab is our top priority, the Shirt Lab Chicago Women’s Nexus due to be held on June 6, 2020, has been postponed. The updated event date has not been chosen as we are monitoring the situation.”
Event coordinators say an announcement on a new date will come once health risks reduce, and health officials deem it safe for events to take place.
The announcement continues, stating, “While the risk of contracting COVID-19 in the U.S. remains low, we are monitoring the situation closely and will follow the advice of the U.S. Department of State, the local health authorities, and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”
For updated information, Shirt Lab encourages attendees to stay up to date via the Shirt Lab webpage and Shirt Lab Live Facebook Group.
Refunds on Shirt Lab Chicago tickets are available to those interested. Otherwise, all tickets purchased will be valid for the new date.
Friday, March 13
As the COVID-19 virus continues to raise concerns, The National Network of Embroidery Professionals (NNEP) announces that its Embroidery Mart-ATLANTA trade show will not be held in May 2020. NNEP president Jennifer Cox says in an announcement, "This decision was made after continuous monitoring of the risks and impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus throughout our country."
Cox says that the network is working closely with the Cobb Galleria Centre, where the event was set to take place, to see if rescheduling is possible for later this year.
"We will update you as this situation continues to evolve. We appreciate your patience and your support through this process," Cox adds.
As the new coronavirus outbreak impacts individuals and industries around the globe, Printwear will continue to report on this topic as it relates to the decorated apparel industry.