The Southern Clothing Market in Charlotte, North Carolina will go on as scheduled from September 12th to 14th, with optional days on Friday, September 11th and Tuesday, September 15th. Set up day for most vendors will be on Friday.
Says Jim Sweeney, president of the Men’s Apparel Club of the Carolinas (MAC), “The last six months have been difficult and everyone is ready to get back to business. The Board of Directors wants to assure you that we’ll do everything possible to make this show as safe as possible. In order to have the show, we must comply with the strict guidelines set forth by the State of N.C. We’re sorry for any inconvenience but this was necessary in order to get approval to have the show.”
Sweeney describes the COVID-19 rules that will be strictly enforced according to North Carolina guidelines:
**Since attendees will be from all over the US, a temperature check station will be set up. If the results are suspicious, you will be asked to leave. We cannot afford to have anyone walking around with the virus. To get a lunch ticket, you must have your temperature checked each day.
**Mask and gloves will be provided for everyone. You will be required to wear a mask and you must social distance. Since this is a room show, no more than four people will be allowed in a suite at one time. Spray sanitizers will be provided for vendors, who will sanitize their suites after each appointment. In addition, there will be cleaning stations on each floor.
**Elevators will be an issue so please use the stairs whenever possible. Do everyone a favor and leave the elevators to those people who most need them. No more than four people will be allowed in an elevator at one time.
**The Embassy guest bar will be open nightly but the MAC cocktail party is canceled due to N.C. guidelines. The management of the Embassy will provide additional cleaning for all areas of the hotel, with nightly disinfecting of all rooms, stairways, elevators, lobby, and common areas. The Hilton organization will do everything they can to be safe.
“At this point, we have 125 sales reps signed up and expect to pick up some additional vendors,” adds Sweeney. “With cancellations of the New York and Chicago shows, we’ve picked up some reps that don’t usually attend.”
Sweeney asks that attendees advise the MAC office of their plans. Feel free to contact him with questions at 704-877-9062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.