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April 28, 2020—As a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Rhode Island authorized a six-month lease of the RI Convention Center which is being converted to a hospital annex. As a result, Informa Markets announced JLC LIVE 2020 has been cancelled. The event will return March 24-27, 2021 in Providence at the RI Convention Center.
“While our JLC LIVE team hopes our entire country is well on the mend in August, we support the RI Convention Center team and applaud their contribution to our community in this unprecedented time,” said Kristen McKercher, JLC LIVE Show Director. “Our focus now is on supporting the many businesses and people who make up this great industry as we navigate today’s challenges together.” JLC LIVE experienced strong industry support and commitment in the postponement of the event as it moved from March to August; however, the COVID-19 situation worsened nationwide, with the New England area particularly hard hit.
JLC LIVE's priority is on the safety and health of its guests, colleagues and community, leading it to make the decision to cancel the event. “The Rhode Island Convention Center has been a wonderful partner and host for JLC LIVE dating to 1997, and this event and location is part of the success story of many great companies in our industry,” said McKercher. “We will get through this together. The JLC LIVE team is prepared with digital opportunities for visitors and exhibitors that allow for personal connection, innovation discovery and product development to continue. For 25 years, we offered business solutions for the industry, and we are redoubling those efforts with our proven digital platforms and products as well as new solutions,” McKercher continued. “We offer proven ways for brands and solution providers to connect, and expect to have even more unique opportunities to share shortly.”
Please visit our online FAQ regarding the 2020 event cancellation.
JLC LIVE New England has been rescheduled to August 26-29, 2020.
March 10, 2020 — Over the past few weeks, we have been closely monitoring the situation with regards to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and as part of a managed postponement plan, we have decided to shift this year’s event to August 26-29, exhibits August 28-29.
We understand there will be questions and concerns following this announcement and are working diligently to ensure all details and next steps are finalized and communicated in the coming weeks.
For attendees, we will automatically transfer your registration to the rescheduled event — no action is needed at this time. For questions and concerns, please contact [email protected]. We’re aiming to get back to you within 48 hours but due to a high volume of emails, please expect a slight delay.
For exhibitors and sponsors, we will transfer your program to the future event. We will be reaching out personally within the next few days to discuss your immediate questions.
For hotel reservations, if you booked hotel rooms in our room block, you will receive an email from our housing provider, onPeak, with a link to cancel your current reservation and re-book for August.
Please know this decision was made with you in mind. Health and safety have been our top priority and we feel this decision will provide the best experience for all parties involved.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support as we all navigate this unprecedented situation. We will continue to post updates and communications here as new information becomes available.
JLC LIVE New England sets eyes on Providence: Update regarding novel Coronavirus
March 3, 2020 – The JLC LIVE New England team is continuing to closely monitor the developments of the Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, through the advice of public health authorities. We wish to reassure our visitors, customers and colleagues their health and safety is always the top priority.
JLC LIVE New England enjoys the support of many regional brands, and to date, we don’t have any exhibitors based in areas restricted for travel from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. However, as this situation is continuing to evolve, we do have a contingency plan in place. Our attendees and exhibitors can all be reassured JLC LIVE New England is going ahead as planned. Registrations for the show are tracking significantly ahead year on year, and it’s entirely business as usual for this amazing event.
We continue to follow all safety advice and precautions as recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the World Health Organization (WHO) in addition to the RI Department of Health, PEMA, and the RI Emergency Management Agency who are monitoring COVID-19. Attendees are recommended to maintain good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene. We’re working closely with the Rhode Island Convention Center to enhance preventative measures, including additional hand sanitizers, signage advising of the correct methods to wash hands, and wipes available for microphones and podiums. The Rhode Island Department of Health reported it is not seeing widespread community transmission in Rhode Island and the general level of risk for people in Rhode Island is still low.