The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, home of the annual Boston Seafood Show, is expected to be converted into a field hospital to boost capacity for healthcare in the state of Massachusetts during the Covid-19 ourbreak sweeping the globe.

Speaking at a press conference at the DCU convention center and events arena, which is already being converted in preparation for an expected surge in cases, Governor Charlie Baker said a similar operation would be put in place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Diversified Communications, which operates the Boston and Brussels seafood shows, on Thursday announced newly revised dates for its Boston event -- one of the most important annual gatherings for the seafood industry.

The Seafood Expo North America and Seafood Processing North America will be held Sept. 23 and 24 at its normal location of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

The two-day event, which will be held in Halls B and C, will be shorter than usual, Diversified said, but the event will still include a three-day conference program of speakers.

Diversified postponed the Boston show, which was to take place March 15-17 as concerns over coronavirus began to spread.