Vision Expo East to go ahead, but visitor wellbeing “of utmost importance”

The organisers of the annual New York trade show confirm they are “closely monitoring” the situation following news that Mido has been postponed

Vision Expo East hall
The Vision Council has confirmed that its upcoming trade show, Vision Expo, will take place as scheduled at the Javits Center in New York City. The show opens on Thursday, 26 March.

In an announcement, the Council said that is “closely monitoring the COVID-19 virus and the threat it poses to members of the global vision care and services community.”

CEO of The Vision Council, Ashley Mills, said: “We wish to express our concern for everyone impacted by the COVID-19 virus including those in China who play such a critical role in the delivery of eyewear and eye care in the United States.”

The announcement follows the decision by the organisers of Mido 2020 to postpone the annual optical trade show.

“Our thoughts are with our friends and peers at the Mido eyewear show as they made their announcement over the past weekend. It is our hope that this health crisis subsides as quickly and safely as possible,” Ms Mills added.

The Vision Council is working with the Javits Center to implement enhanced on-site safety measures, including increased cleaning and sanitisation. Sanitising and disinfection materials will be made readily available for public use.

Ms Mills said: “The wellbeing of everyone at Vision Expo, from our attendees and exhibitors to our staff on-site, is of the utmost importance. We will continue to work diligently to ensure Vision Expo and our other events live up to our high standards and we will continue to provide updates as we get closer to Vision Expo East.”

More information and updates on the measures in place for Vision Expo are available online.