Fall High Point Market To Have New Format, Rules For Distancing
The High Point Market Authority says changes are coming to the fall international furniture market to limit the threat from COVID-19.
Market officials are trying to reduce the population density that usually comes with the busy event.
The plan is to spread it out over nine days from October 13-21. Buyers and other market-goers will be asked to pick one three-day period during that time to conduct their business. That way, there will be fewer people gathered at once across the 11-million square feet of showroom space.
Social distancing will still be enforced, and a strong emphasis will be placed on sanitation and cleaning.
The spring market was initially postponed and ultimately canceled due to the global pandemic. The twice-a-year market has an estimated regional economic impact of about $6 billion per year.