Though uncertainty still hangs in the air surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, National Automobile Dealers Association leaders are confident the 2021 NADA Show will continue as planned Jan. 21-24 in New Orleans.
NADA Chairman Rhett Ricart said last week it helps that the event is to be held at the sprawling, 1.1 million-square-foot New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center vs. a smaller venue.
"That convention center is so big and so flexible," Ricart said. "We can do so much with it."
Necessary precautions, if any, should become clearer as the show — still seven months away — draws nearer, he said. For example, some NADA workshops that have had 300 attendees could be divided into two sessions with a maximum of 150 people, if necessary.
Ricart noted that a convention slated for October at the venue — the annual gathering for the International Association of Chiefs of Police — should give NADA organizers a better idea of how to manage activities on the show floor. NADA is staying in contact with local authorities to monitor the situation.
"So we'll have a real good handle on this thing in another 60, 90 days," Ricart said. "We'll know exactly what they're doing."