March 13, 2020
Good afternoon MLA Members and supporters,
After many weeks of monitoring the evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19) and evaluating the full spectrum of feedback we received numerous calls and emails, we, the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association (MLA), have decided that the 57th Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association’s Annual Weekend & Industry Trade Show 2020 will not take place as scheduled in April.
Earlier this week, Massachusetts Governor Baker declared a State of Emergency for the next 30 days and we are going to follow his lead to ensure the health and safety of our members, staff, exhibitors and attendees alike. The highly contagious COVID-19 has ballooned from 7 cases on January 2, 2020 to 124,500 on March 11, 2020 with no end in sight and we do not want to delay in making our decision so that you can plan accordingly.
Registered vendors, please look for important follow up communications from the MLA that will include logistical details resulting from this cancelation. The MLA is committed to do what is right by its vendors by offering the choice of rolling over exhibit space payment to the future 2021 event or a refund. More details will come to the vendors separately.
Registered guests, the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis will automatically be issuing a full refund for room packages and deposits to anyone who has already made reservations for the MLA Annual Weekend & Industry Trade Show 2020.
We appreciate hearing from all of you. The volume of calls and emails we have been receiving is very high and we are doing our best to get back to you in a timely manner. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Sincerely, Arthur “Sooky” Sawyer, MLA, President