AHES will be postponed amid coronavirus outbreak

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The Atlantic Heavy Equipment Show (AHES) is being postponed in the wake of Coronavirus.

As one of many current measures being taken to protect public health, the Government of New Brunswick has recommended that any non-essential mass gathering of 150 or more people be cancelled or postponed to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

For this reason, organizers decided to postpone the Atlantic Heavy Equipment Show (AHES), which was scheduled to take place April 2 to 3, at the Moncton Coliseum Complex.

The decision, made in partnership with Atlantic Land Improvement Contractors Association and Moncton Coliseum Complex, was not taken lightly, but the health and safety of our exhibitors, partners, visitors and contractors is our top priority. 

“We are disappointed we couldn’t proceed with what was shaping up to be an excellent show, but we look forward to inviting the community back for the event at a later date,” AHES said in a news release.

AHES organizers say they will continue to monitor information from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the province and regional health authorities. Once the all-clear has been received to resume holding events again, we look forward to sharing rescheduled dates for the show.

“We have initiated conversation with the facility, City of Moncton and the Provincial Health Authority to see what the options are for a later date,” National Show manager Mark Cusack said in an email. “However, because of all the uncertainty, and potential additional measures, we do not expect this answer to come quickly.”

Since 1986, The Atlantic Land Improvement Contractors Association (ALICA) have been the sponsor and owner of the event. Although AHES started small, it has endured steady growth over 30 years to the point where an additional 750 square metres of outdoor exhibits are filled alongside the entire Coliseum complex. The 2020 show was expected to span 27,900 square metres.