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One option for the rescheduling of the Boston seafood show appears to be off the table.
Last week, Diversified Communications, which operates the Boston and Brussels seafood shows, selected two new potential dates for its Boston event following a postponement of the show over coronavirus fears.
The event, initially scheduled for March 15-17, was pushed back on March 3 because of continuing concerns over the spread of the coronavirus flu. Diversified also postponed its Brussels event, planned for the end of April.
Diversified suggested two options for the rescheduling of the Boston show, both to be held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center: May 31-June 2, and Sept. 22-23.
But on Sunday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that no gatherings with 50 people or more take place for the next eight weeks to slow the spread of the cornoavirus. The agency said these gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings among others.
The directive effectively takes Diversified's May option off the table but leaves the possibility the Boston show could be rescheduled in September.
Diversified officials are expected to provide further updates on the shows this week.
The September option would be only two expo days, running on a Tuesday and Wednesday.
That event would be smaller and shorter, Diversified said, with a "new concept" of potentially smaller booth space and a redrawn floor plan, with only Halls B and C available.
In addition, "very few" meeting rooms would be available.
Diversified offered exhibitors two additional options in its survey, one indicating that either date would work "as long as valuable buyers will be there," while a fourth option is that neither date would work.