New York Auto Show Postponed Until Late August
New York City is delaying its auto show from April to late August, citing the health risk of the spreading coronavirus crisis.
The New York Auto Show had been set for April 8-19. Now organizers plan to stage the event Aug. 26-Sept. 6, 2020.
New York’s announcement follows the outright cancellation of this year’s Geneva show less than two weeks ago because of fears about COVAD-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Earlier this week General Motors postponed the unveiling of the upcoming Cadillac Lyriq electric crossover vehicle, citing health concerns.
New York Containment Zone
The decision to reschedule next month’s show came as New York state declared a two-mile-wide circle in a portion of New Rochelle, a city in Westchester County just north of New York City, as a coronavirus “containment area.”
State officials were quick to clarify that the containment zone is not under quarantine. Schools and places of worship in the area will be closed for two weeks beginning March 12, but there are no restrictions on travel.
Public Health Emergency
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says National Guard troops are being deployed to sanitize schools and deliver food to individuals who have been quarantined within the containment area.
Meanwhile, neighboring New Jersey reports four new cases of COVID-19, along with its first fatality attributed to the virus.
Both states have declared public health emergencies. The designation gives local health officials the ability to take swift action to limit the spread of the virus, including bans on all large gatherings.
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