The Hire and Rental Industry Association (HRIA) has announced the cancellation of the HIRE20 show in the interest of public health and the developing situation regarding the COVID-19 virus.
The organisation said,”Over recent weeks we have been working tirelessly with the Adelaide Convention Centre and our conference organiser while monitoring advice provided by the Australian Government’s Department of Health and other relevant bodies to plan for a successful and safe event.
“Gatherings of over 500 people have been prohibited by the Federal Government, and we have no indication at what point this will be lifted. We don’t know what action the South Australian Government will choose to take, but if they follow Victoria with announcing a State of Emergency resulting in the closure of the MCEC, we could be left without a venue.
“We were until recently confident that we could achieve this and were working off external advice and government feedback. However, in the last 72, hours the situation in Australia has changed significantly and we feel that the only course of action is to cancel the event.
“It is unfortunate that we have been forced to cancel an event that has been running for over 50 years, but health concerns must always come first.
“We will be back in contact shortly to announce the dates and venues for HIRE21 and we look forward to welcoming you to Australia’s Leading Event for the Equipment Rental Market in Australia next year.”