Not surprisingly, many precautions will be put into place.
The list of canceled auto shows and other live events this year just increased by one last week. Organizers for the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas announced this year's event, originally scheduled to begin on November 3, has been called off due to ongoing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Some events for next year are already making major changes, such as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January and Geneva in March, though an earlier report suggested the latter might, just might still happen somehow. But there is still one major US-based event that has yet to be canceled.
CarBuzz has confirmed with an event spokesperson that the 2020 Los Angeles Auto Show is still happening as scheduled, beginning on November 20 and ending on November 29. "We continue to remain in full planning mode, including the development of proper protocols and procedures for the show," we were told.
LA is normally a major industry event, with last year's reveals including the new Genesis G90 and the Porsche Taycan 4S. Of course, it's still possible these plans will change. Currently, the state of California does not have Covid-19 travel restrictions as residents are allowed to leave their homes for work. Out of state US residents can travel to California, but international travel to the US remains very limited. Non-US-citizens whose countries are permitted entry must still go into 14-day isolation.
But what about automakers? Which ones are planning to attend LA with their usual displays?
As of this writing, the show's website has not been updated with a list of attending companies. We also haven't heard anything from any automaker about LA live reveals. Bear in mind the show is still three months from now, so there's still plenty of time for automakers to change their minds one way or another.
If the LA show does proceed, it's also fair to assume attendees will be subject to numerous restrictions, such as mask-wearing at all times for indoor and most outdoor events, and maintaining social distancing. Expect hand sanitizer dispensers to be stationed everywhere.