Charlotte events cancel, make changes due to coronavirus concerns

CHARLOTTE — If you want to see the new James Bond movie, you are going to have to wait a little longer, because its rollout is being delayed until November due to the coronavirus.

Electronic music fans also are in for a disappointment. Ultra, which was scheduled for later this month in Miami, is being canceled for the same reason.

In Mecklenburg County, the health director is awaiting guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before making any recommendations for major events.

"We expect guidance by the end of the week from the CDC on social distancing," said Gibbie Harris, Mecklenburg County health director.

But coronavirus is already impacting Charlotte's economy.

SNAXPO20, an international snack industry event, is canceling its convention due to reduced anticipated attendance because of corporate travel restrictions.

The International Window Coverings Expo has asked Chinese exhibitors to postpone their participation to 2021 because of COVID-19.

The NBAA Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference is recording sessions for people who can’t attend in person.

Electrification 2020 is adding hand sanitizer dispensers and trash cans near bathroom doors so guests can use towels to exit without touching door handles.

The 2020 Special Olympics North America Conference scheduled for July 20 through 24 at the Charlotte Convention Center is also still planning to go on as planned.

"Special Olympics North America staff will continue to monitor the situation in lead-up to the event and make decisions in collaboration with Special Olympics International Headquarters based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and local government and health organizations," said Tara Baker, director of marketing and communications.

"We are monitoring the situation closely and are in contact with local, state and federal public health officials to ensure the safety of everyone who attends," said Donald Cutler of the Electric Power Research Institute.

County Commissioner Pat Cotham said she has heard from small businesses that are having issues getting supplies from places like China and South Korea.

"I think it is going to be a problem," Cotham said. "But I think people will take a breath if we know more about this."

A spokesperson for the Republican National Convention said the RNC team is in contact with officials and no major changes are planned.

“The convention team is closely monitoring and coordinating with key stakeholders across the administration, HHS and CDC to obtain regular updates," said Tatum Gibson, national press secretary. "We prioritize the health and safety of attendees and have the utmost confidence in the administration’s work and preparations.”

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