The 2020 ETO Show which was due to take place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry this weekend has been postponed until September 13th and 14th. Organiser Jonathan Kirk said the escalating situation surrounding the coronavirus has made the decision inevitable: “I am heartbroken that we are announcing this at such short notice, but nothing is more important than the safety of our exhibitors and visitors,” he said. “We have a moral obligation to them.” Even though the risk to individuals remains low, Kirk said it would have been irresponsible for the show to have gone ahead in the current climate. “If there was any way we could have guaranteed the safety of exhibitors and visitors while still hosting the show then we would have, but that is unfortunately no longer the case. It’s hugely disappointing for us, and I know it will be for all the exhibitors who have been planning for this weekend for months, but it’s the right thing to do.”
The 2020 ETO Awards have also been postponed until Sunday 13th September and all pre-purchased tickets are transferable.
“I am genuinely so sorry and even up until this morning I was convinced the show would go ahead. I hope you understand this is out of my hands and do hope to see you all happy and healthy in September”, Jonny said.