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The International Housewares Association (IHA) announced last week that due to the Coronavirus outbreak and after consultation with the Chinese pavilion organizers and exhibitors the International Sourcing Expo will not open at the upcoming “The Inspired Home Show” March 14-17 2020. This decision was made to protect the health, safety, and wellbeing of the industry.

The rest of The Inspired Home Show will continue as planned with the Dine + Décor Clean + Contain Wired + Well and Discover Design Expos showcasing the latest and most innovative home and housewares products to key specialty and independent retailers and distributors.

Show attendees coming from China will also be 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.

The IHA will continue to follow the guidance of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and continue to work with the City of Chicago and the McCormick Place Convention Center on the development of precautionary measures to further reduce health risks at the event.

Source: The Inspired Home Show