Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America post coronavirus Boston update

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Organisers Diversified Communications along with the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) post additional measures that are being implemented in light of fast-growing virus.

Will it or won’t it be cancelled? That’s the word on the lips of many fish buyer as the organisers of one of the world’s largest seafood shows mull over to what to do in the face of the coronavirus outbreak.

Thousands of exhibitors are due to travel to Boston, Massachusetts, with countless products to be showcased to buyers, suppliers, media and other seafood-industry professionals.

However, the state is holding more than 200 people in Massachusetts who recently returned from China are under quarantine, preparing for a potential outbreak, Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel told the Boston Herald on Wednesday.

In a post on the official site, Diversified Communications posted that “providing a safe environment where our exhibitors and buyers can meet and conduct business is of the utmost importance to us” and gave “common-sense hygiene precautions”.

However, it did not cancel the event unlike the organisers of Aquafeed Horizons 2020 conference have pulled its Bangkok, Thailand, event on Wednesday citing that “we waited as long as we could in the hope that the coronavirus epidemic would slow, but unfortunately we are not seeing that”.

Diversified Communications did not reply to SalmonBusiness’ request for an update.