NEW YORK CITY, New York: Organizers, on Wednesday, announced that they have canceled this month's New York Auto Show due to the increase in COVID-19 infections caused by the Delta variant.
The 10-day public show and press previews, set to start on August 19, typically draw thousands of journalists from around the world and more than 1 million attendees.
Organizers said the show was "canceled due to the growing incidences of the Delta variant of coronavirus and increased measures announced recently by state and local officials to stop its spread."
The show's return, which was delayed from April 2021, was announced in June with great fanfare by state and city officials as a sign of New York's "significant progress in vaccinations and sustained reductions in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations."
The auto show, held at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, last took place in April 2019 and is a platform for unveiling new vehicles by major automakers. Thousands of prospective car buyers visit auto shows before deciding to buy.
The show's 2020 auto show was canceled, as the Javits Center was being used as a make-shift hospital.
The show typically generates income of over $300 million for the local economy, stated organizers, who plan to hold its next edition in April 2022.