Coronavirus rattles global auto shows: But what about local car gatherings?
CLOSE As flu season comes to an end and allergy season starts to heat up, there may be concerns about symptoms that mimic the new coronavirus COVID-19. WochitBig auto shows are crumbling globally in the wake of coronavirus. First, it was the Frankfurt Motor Show in Europe. Then it was the Beijing and the Geneva auto shows. This week, the outbreak caused the New York Auto Show to postpone its event to later in the year.Meanwhile, it’s business as usual at many smaller car conventions across the nation, including events held in counties with confirmed cases of the deadly respiratory illness.In fact, food vendors plan to line up, display cars are set to roll into position and organizers say they’re hoping for the best at small-scale shows planned for this weekend. “Several contacts in the past few days have called and asked if we’re canceling. I told them we aren’t planning any cancellation or curtailment of the event,” said Jim Evans who runs the All Sports Car Swap Autojumble in Wheaton, Illinois — a suburb of Chicago. Chicago’s Mayor canceled the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade this week citing “unnecessary risk to the public.” There are 25 confirmed coronavirus cases in Illinois. Coronavirus: As employers weigh layoffs, these jobs listings are