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SEMA Organizers Insist Show Must Go On But Las Vegas May Have Different Plans

The 54th edition of the SEMA is planned for this November however the state of Nevada might put a stop to it


  • 1,800 exhibitors have already signed on for the 2020 show.

  • New Coronavirus restrictions were announced just last week in Nevada.

  • The SEMA attracted over 160,000 visitors last year.


The SEMA show is one of the biggest “car shows” in the world where all the latest aftermarket products are put on display for retailers and the media alike. SEMA organizers have set plans in motions for the 54th edition of the massive event and despite ongoing concerns related to the Coronavirus, they believe the show must go on.

SEMA 2019 | Photo: SEMA

SEMA is the type of car show that every enthusiast should attend at least once in their lifetime. Typically, there are tens of thousands of participants in each pavilion at any one time and crowds will and do gather around certain exhibits. SEMA organizers will put in place various measures to ensure safety for attendees such as directional traffic flow and social-distancing, recommend the use of personal protective equipment, as well as encouraging early registration so credentials can be mailed in advance the Show in order to avoid huge line-ups.

These plans were laid out less than two weeks ago following business and casino re-openings. The latest outbreaks and surges in case numbers in the US and in Nevada have brought new coronavirus restrictions under Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak last week.

SEMA 2019 | Photo: SEMA

According to SEMA’s website, “SEMA members have made clear the event is essential this year to help the industry renew business ties, find new opportunities and accelerate into a successful 2021.” They will work with state and local authorities and re-evaluate and adjust various safety measures however we wonder if members of the international and local media will want to attend… The same goes for exhibitors which typically number in the thousands.

One way or another, it will be the various levels of government that will have the final say. We’re not quite as optimistic as the show organizers.

SEMA 2019 | Photo: SEMA

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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