As the situation with COVID-19 is very fluid, IMC will adjust its plans according to recommendations of the CDC, as well as orders by national and local authorities. This page will be updated continuously as changes are made.
At this time, IMC venues in Atlanta, High Point, N.C. and Las Vegas are closed to the public. Tenants have access to showrooms to conduct business provided appropriate social distancing is observed. Additionally, in-progress construction and tenant improvement projects in individual showrooms may continue provided appropriate social distancing is observed.
“As we all watch the development of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic with feelings of concern and uncertainty, International Market Centers remains committed to the safety and security of our customers and to each other,” said Bob Maricich, IMC CEO. “We are all in uncharted territory and it is important that we remain calm, deal with the facts, act accordingly, and stand by each other in this difficult time.”
Customers are encouraged to operate as they best see fit and asked to communicate their decision to IMC.
IMC is complying with the CDC’s recommendation to avoid gatherings and embrace social distancing by adjusting its events schedules. Specific updates for venues and event schedules are:
- AmericasMart: In line with the mayor of Atlanta’s order close all nonessential businesses, the campus is closed to the public until April 14; In-progress construction and tenant improvement projects in individual showrooms may continue provided appropriate social distancing is observed; Year Round special events are cancelled and will resume in May; VOW | New World of Bridal (originally scheduled for March 24-26) and Atlanta Spring Cash & Carry (originally scheduled for May 5-7) are postponed; The April Atlanta Apparel Market (originally scheduled for April 14-18) will be subsumed into the June Atlanta Apparel Market, scheduled for June 10-13.
- The Atlanta Convention Center: In line with the mayor of Atlanta’s order close all nonessential businesses, the facility is closed to the public for 14 days beginning on March 24; Event cancellations are the discretion of organizers.
- ADAC: In line with the mayor of Atlanta’s order close all nonessential businesses, the campus is closed to the public for 14 days beginning on March 24; DESIGN ADAC (scheduled for April 21-23) is cancelled; Southeast Designers & Architect of the Year Awards (originally scheduled for April 23) and ADAC Sample Sale (originally scheduled for May 6-8) are postponed.
- High Point properties: In line with a local Guilford County, Greensboro and High Point order, IMC buildings are closed the public from March 27 through April 26; Spring High Point Market (originally scheduled for April 25-29) is rescheduled for June 12-14.
- World Market Center Las Vegas/Las Vegas Design Center: In line with the Governor’s order closing all Nevada casinos and non-essential business, the building is closed to the public as of Wednesday, March 18; In-progress construction of the EXPO at World Market Center Las Vegas and tenant improvement projects in individual showrooms may continue provided appropriate social distancing is observed; Hospitality Link (scheduled for March 24-26) is cancelled.
As of this time, the Summer Markets remain scheduled as planned:
- June Atlanta Apparel: June 10-13, 2020
- High Point Market June 12-14, 2020
- Atlanta Market: July 14-20, 2020
- Las Vegas Market: July 26-30, 2020
- World of Prom: August 3-7, 2020
- August Atlanta Apparel: August 4-8, 2020
IMC on-site staffing levels will be adjusted based on current business needs and in attempt to minimize group interactions. Select staff are working from home and are fully connected with supporting technology including office phones forwarding to mobile devices. Additionally, all campuses have procedures and protocol in place to help protect the health of all constituents including:
- Increased surface cleaning in high touch areas (door handles, elevator buttons, escalator handrails, registration desks, restrooms, etc.)
- Placement of hand sanitizing stations around the campuses
- Ensuring necessary items including hand soaps are always stocked.
“It is imperative that the IMC campuses are safe and secure for tenants, visitors and our staff during this time and by doing so, we live up to our social responsibility to prevent the virus spreading further, while ensuring we continue to effectively and responsibly operate our business and support our customers’ businesses,” adds Maricich.
For more information, please visit the campus websites:
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.
Under current circumstances, certain people will have an increased risk of infection, for example healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 and other close contacts of persons with COVID-19. CDC has developed guidance to help in the risk assessment and management of people with potential exposures to COVID-19.
From the World Health Organization (WHO):
RECOMMENDATIONS AND ADVICE FOR THE PUBLIC If you are not in an area where COVID-19 is spreading, or if you have not travelled from one of those areas or have not been in close contact with someone who has and is feeling unwell, your chances of getting it are currently low. However, it’s understandable that you may feel stressed and anxious about the situation. It’s a good idea to get the facts to help you accurately determine your risks so that you can take reasonable precautions. (See Frequently Asked Questions) Your healthcare provider, your national public health authority and your employer are all potential sources of accurate information on COVID-19 and whether it is in your area. It is important to be informed of the situation where you live and take appropriate measures to protect yourself. (See Protection measures for everyone).