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Auto Show to Go On

Andrea Doyle, Senior News Editor

ORLANDO — The 2021-model Central Florida International Auto Show is scheduled for December 18-December 20, 2020, at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC). This year’s show will feature heightened health and safety precautions to protect attendees, vendors, employees, and the surrounding community. 

For more than 35 years, the Central Florida International Auto Show has been held at Orlando’s OCCC and this year, the OCCC and show organizers are working to modify its regular experience and demonstrate their commitment to prioritize the health and safety of attendees, exhibitors, and employees.

“We are grateful to be working closely with the professional team at the OCCC and the participating manufacturers, in conjunction with health officials to create a safe show experience during this unprecedented time as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Central Florida Automobile Dealers Association President Evelyn Cardenas. “We look forward to offering an up-close look at hundreds of 2021-model vehicles, test drives, classic cars and more for the residents and visitors of Orlando, safely.”

The OCCC, the second largest U.S. convention center, was among the first in the industry to utilize a data-driven Recovery and Resiliency Plan developed with Orange County’s Health Department. In addition, the OCCC is a Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accredited venue for its hygiene and venue safety protocols, and has a ground-breaking medical concierge program in place that provides personalized medical services, courtesy of Orlando Health.

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This year’s auto show will also feature such enhanced health and safety protocols as mandatory masking, one-way aisles and glove and hand sanitizer stations throughout the facility, contactless ticket scanners for use at show entrances, and F&B provided in no-contact, pre-packaged containers with no buffets being used.

“We continue to make enormous strides in securing our venue for the future of live events,” said OCCC Executive Director Mark Tester. “Since July, we have successfully resumed hosting live events under modified operations, safely hosting thousands of attendees and exhibitors. We continue to refine and strengthen our health and safety protocols every day, so we can continue meeting safely today for a stronger tomorrow at The Center of Hospitality.”

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