Artexpo New York – Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

The Show Will Go ON

As we watch the developing concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19), Artexpo New York is carefully monitoring the situation. The health and safety of our exhibitors, attendees, staff, and volunteers are a top priority, and we will continue to consult with experts and engage in best practices for Artexpo New York 2020. We are also monitoring and reviewing decisions made by our peers in the trade show space across the country, as well as the current travel advisories.

Currently, businesses are open as normal in New York City. New York’s major art fairs and events have happened without interruption, including Scope New York, The Armory Show, Art on Paper, CLIO Art Fair, VOLTA NY, and the Independent Art Fair. Manhattan’s galleries and museums are welcoming guests.

There are precautions to be taken. U.S. health officials advise ordinary flu season precautions, such as regular hand washing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of March 3, 2020, “At this time, most people in the United States will have little immediate risk of exposure to this virus. This virus is NOT currently spreading widely in the United States.” And, for the general public, “the immediate health risk remains low.”

The NYC Health website has regularly updated information with advice and a tally of reported cases. It presently advises, “You should go about your daily life, but take the same precautions that you would during cold and flu season.”

For Artexpo New York, unless the city or state issues a directive to avoid mass gatherings, we will be open as scheduled—with a few sensible layers of prevention added. We recommend that all exhibitors and attendees practice these smart preventative actions:

  1. We know that shaking hands is a standard of goodwill and friendliness, but given that it is a great way to pass along germs, let’s be a bit more innovative. Try an elbow bump, a nod, or a smile instead.
  2. Air kisses and actual cheek kisses are suspended, period. How about a  bright smile or a simulated kiss from a distance or just not at all for now?
  3. Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. It will take some restraint and remembering, but it’s one of the best prevention techniques. You can do it!
  4. Wash your hands frequently. If this is impractical because the bathroom line is way too long, then use a hand sanitizer or other disinfectant that you can carry with you. Maybe even have some in your booth for guests.
  5. You know this one—it should be an everyday habit—don’t share drinks,  eating utensils, or food.
  6. If you need to sneeze or cough, do it into your sleeve, elbow, or into a tissue. This is just basic.
  7. If you are still worried, consider wearing gloves. It could be a great addition to your wardrobe for the fair!
  8. And, as much as we want to see you, if you are sick, please stay home and call your doctor. It’s the right thing to do.


We look forward to hosting you for the 42nd edition fo Artexpo New York this April 23–26. Safety is our priority and we will continue to monitor the situation closely over the next weeks and share updates and advisories from the CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO), and NYC Health.

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