The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) has formally announced that it will postpone its 2020 Indian Gaming Trade Show and Convention in San Diego due to concerns about the Coronavirus pandemic.
The decision to move back the case, scheduled for 24 to 27 March, was taken after a unanimous vote at an emergency meeting of the board of directors of the association.
Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association, Ernie Stevens Jr., commented: “The health and safety of our tribal gaming attendees are of paramount concern and postponing the Indian Gaming Tradeshow, for now, is the safest course of action. Our Board of Directors and Association staff will work diligently on the best path forward for all impacted attendees in light of this postponement.”
The decision to cancel the annual gaming convention follows on from the Executive Order of California Governor Gavin Newsom discussing the response to the COVID-19 pandemic from California.
He said: “Each of us has extraordinary power to slow the spread of this disease. Not holding that concert or community event can have cascading effects — saving dozens of lives and preserving critical health care resources that your family may need a month from now.
“The people in our lives who are most at risk – seniors and those with underlying health conditions — are depending on all of us to make the right choice.”
In addition to this, it is also reported that a high number of safety issues posed by tribal governments and the gaming industry were considered by the board of directors of NIGA before the vote was taken.
No new date has been set for the Tradeshow, however, NIGA is expected to keep the public updated and will provide updates on the next steps as they become available.