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Newport International Boat Show canceled

NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND—The Newport International Boat Show in Newport, Rhode Island has been canceled this year.

Newport Exhibition Group announced June 30 its annual event scheduled to take place Sept. 17-20 at the downtown Newport Yachting Center has been canceled.

The news came amid spikes in new COVID-19 cases across the United States and after Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo revised Phase III of reopening to include a cap of 250 people at outdoor events.

“The adjusted and stricter COVID guidance regarding events announced from the state was a strong indicator to us that we cannot move forward with a major event in this environment,” Paul O’Reilly, owner of the Newport International Boat Show, said in a press release. “There are just too many unknowns at this point and a very high probability that the show will not be allowed to move forward and, even if it was, it would be in a format that would clearly not be valued by our exhibitors and attendees. Therefore, we are shifting our focus to the 2021 show.”

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