The China Xiamen International Stone Fair, the world’s largest hard-surfaces event, has been postponed until June in response to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. The event had originally scheduled to take place March 16-19, and has now been delayed until June 6-9, 2020.
Organizers for the event, which draws more than 140,000 attendees annually, announced the delay in a statement issued in Xiamen at the end of January.
“Due to the novel coronavirus outbreak in China, we attach great importance to the health and safety of our guests attending Xiamen Stone Fair 2020,” the statement read. “Based on the current situation for the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus spread, the decision was made by the organizing committee that the Xiamen Stone Fair 2020, originally scheduled on March 16-19 in Xiamen, will be postponed to June 6-9, 2020.”
The delay came after concerns were raised internationally concerning the outbreak. Governments and health officials began issuing advisories about visiting China, including the U.S. State Department and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which have discouraged traveling to China for the time being.
“We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the rescheduling of the fair,” the statement continued,”Please accept our sincere wishes for the New Year. May you enjoy good health in the coming year.”
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