USA: The 2021 AHR Expo, due to take place in January in Chicago, has been postponed until March due to ongoing concerns over the coronavirus.

The decision to postpone was taken following consultation with exhibitors and attendees, 80% of whom were in favour of moving the event to the available dates of March 15-17 at McCormick Place.

“We continue to exhaust all possibilities that will allow us to host a safe and successful event for all industry stakeholders,” said show manager Mark Stevens, “But we have to take into account that there are barriers for allowances within the state of Illinois and the city of Chicago that we cannot control. We remain cautiously optimistic that we can meet together in Chicago in March.”

In consideration of the significant planning and preparation required to participate in the Show, AHR Expo show management, along with co-sponsors ASHRAE and AHRI, will make the final decision on the event taking place in March no later than October 15, 2020.

“While six months remain between now and March, a decision to make a final call well in advance will allow both exhibitors and attendees to more easily plan,” the show organiser said in a statement today.

“I think we all understand the challenges this year has presented thus far, and while HVACR has emerged as a primary player in how we can hope to combat Covid-19 and other pandemic threats of the future, there are safety, governmental, and practical considerations that have to be taken into account,” said Stevens.