National Restaurant Association cancels 2020 show

Annual Chicago convention scrapped amid coronavirus uncertainty


Ron Ruggless, Nation's Restaurant News

Mar 24, 2020


Organizers of the annual National Restaurant Association Show have canceled the 2020 convention in Chicago over coronavirus pandemic uncertainty, they said Tuesday.


The organizers, in a post to the show’s website, said they were making the decision “after many weeks of monitoring the evolving situation” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois governor’s office.


The show, which had been scheduled for May 16-19, last year celebrated its 100th year and drew more than 60,000 attendees.


“We recognize the critical importance of the Show to the industry and we know that this will come as a disappointment to those who had planned for months to attend,” organizers said. “While it is not the outcome we wanted, amid all the uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety of our attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, vendor partners and our own staff is paramount. This is our community and we all must be kept safe.”


Former National Football League quarterback Payton Manning was scheduled as the keynote speaker for this year’s show.


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