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IHA Suspends International Sourcing Pavilion

Amid concerns over the coronavirus, the International Housewares Association has reported that it would not open the International Sourcing Pavilion at the upcoming Inspired Home Show.

IHA said it consulted with Chinese pavilion organizers and exhibitors, and decided on cancelling the International Sourcing Pavilion to address concerns about the health, safety and wellbeing of the industry regarding coronavirus exposure, said Derek Miller, IHA president. The rest of The Inspired Home Show remains scheduled from March 14 to 17 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center.

IHA pointed out that show attendees coming from China will be subject to customs and immigration policies that temporarily deny foreign nationals entry into the U.S. if they have visited China within 14 days of U.S. arrival. The organization noted that it would continue to follow the guidance of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is working with the City of Chicago and McCormick Place officials in developing precautionary measures to further reduce health risks at The Inspired Home Show.

In related news, a report from Reuters stated that the Canton Fair, held in China, has suspended exhibitions. The main Canton Fair is scheduled for April 15, but the newservice said that officials associated with the event had suspended exhibitions until further notice.

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