Posted March 12, 2020

Grainger cancels Grainger 2020 event

Concerns over COVID-19 prompt Grainger to cancel this year's Grainger Show scheduled in Orlando.

Citing concerns over the potential spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Florida, Grainger announced that it has cancelled its Grainger 2020 trade show.

The event was slated to bring 13,000 attendees to the Orange County Convention Center from March 15-19.

"We have been closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and have made the difficult but important decision to cancel this year’s Grainger Show. While we are disappointed that we will not be together in Orlando, all Grainger team members are committed to helping you keep your operations working and your people safe during this uncertain time," according to an announcement on the event's website.

Officials with the convention center were not available for comment, according to a report from the Orlando Business Journal. But the center previously told Orlando Business Journal that it continues to monitor the coronavirus situation through updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and keeping staff and attendees informed on best practices and procedures to stay healthy and minimize risk.

The economic impact from the show was not detailed, but it likely would have resulted in millions of dollars in local spending. That spending would have helped local hotels, restaurants, attractions and other service providers to tourists and conventioneers.

There have been three confirmed cases of the deadly virus in Florida, plus a fourth presumptive confirmation — meaning it has been confirmed on the state level, but needs to be confirmed again by the Centers for Disease Control. None of those cases are in Orlando.