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SEMA going ahead despite COVID-19

The American aftermarket will still be able to show the world its wildest wares this November, with plans afoot to run the SEMA show in Las Vegas.

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America’s largest aftermarket car and parts show, SEMA, will still go ahead this year despite the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in the USA.

A number of prominent motor shows have been cancelled because of the Coronavirus, and the USA is among the countries worst-hit by the crisis.

The virus has claimed more than 140,000 lives in the USA, and a number of states are facing record infection numbers after reopening from lockdowns of varying severity.

But SEMA will still be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, from November 3 this year. Show organisers are promising to protect attendees from COVID-19 with thermal cameras to detect fever, sanitisation of frequent touch points, a focus on contactless food payments, and mandatory face masks or shields.

Traffic through the aisles will be one-way where possible, and pre-registration is being encouraged to cut the number of people milling around at the start of the show.

The show last year attracted more than 160,000 visitors over four days.

“While there’s no doubt that the 2020 Show will be different, the SEMA team is making plans to preserve the Show’s core business value in a safety-first environment,” show organisers said.

“Expect the opportunity to showcase new products, make connections, share ideas, and strategise for the future.”

The 2020 Geneva motor show, Detroit motor show, New York motor show, Beijing motor show, Paris motor show, and the 2021 Geneva motor show have been called off because of COVID-19.

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Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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