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Notice on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

February 21, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Will The Inspired Home Show 2020 be opened?

Yes, The Inspired Home Show will proceed with the four main expos being open – Dine + Décor, Clean + Contain, Wired + Well, and Discover Design.  The only expo not opening is International Sourcing, which would have housed seven Chinese pavilions.

How has Coronavirus impacted The Inspired Home Show?

The Inspired Home Show is made up of five Expos. The International Sourcing expo, which traditionally houses seven Chinese pavilions offering OEM products, will not open in 2020. This decision was made in collaboration with the Chinese pavilion organizers due to health concerns and challenges related to travel between China and the United States.

The rest of The Inspired Home Show including the Dine + Décor, Clean + Contain, Wired + Well, and Discover Design expos will open as planned. These expos are home to more than 1,600 exhibitors and over 5,000 brands.

Are Chinese citizens and citizens of other countries allowed to visit the Show?

All foreign Show attendees are subject to U.S. customs and immigration policies that temporarily deny entry into the United States of foreign nationals who have visited China within 14 days of arriving in the U.S.

Therefore, foreign attendees who have been in China within 14 days of the Show’s opening will not be allowed to enter the United States and will be unable to attend the Show.

What about U.S. citizens who have visited China?

American citizens, lawful permanent residents, and their families who have been in China in the past 14 days will be allowed to enter the United States but will be redirected to one of 11 airports to undergo health screening. Depending on their health and travel history, they will have some level of restrictions on their movements for 14 days from the time they left China.  Therefore, their ability to attend will be directed by the U.S. government and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

How will buyer attendance be affected?

We are in close contact with our key retail buyers, and the vast majority have indicated that they will be at the Show in Chicago.  Due to the reluctance to travel to Frankfurt to attend Ambiente in February and with the cancellation of the Canton Fair in April, many buyers have told us that The Inspired Home Show is the best alternative for spring meetings and sourcing opportunities. 

What precautions are being taken at McCormick Place to protect attendees?

McCormick Place, the Show’s venue in Chicago, has put into place an enhanced cleaning protocol to keep common areas and bathrooms sanitized.  Hand sanitization stations are also being placed throughout the halls, and pocket-sized bottles of hand sanitizer will be given out to Show attendees upon their arrival.

What if a case of Coronavirus is detected at The Inspired Home Show?

McCormick Place has a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan in place that covers a wide variety of situations including an infectious disease outbreak.  If needed, McCormick Place will enact the plan in conjunction with the CDC, the City of Chicago and local hospitals and medical staff to address the situation in accordance to CDC guidelines and procedures.