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DEMA, DEMA Show and the Coronavirus

Thursday, March 12, 2020   (0 Comments)
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DEMA and DEMA Show are continuing to monitor the issues being created by the presence of the Coronavirus and taking steps to minimize any impact on DEMA Show and on services provided by the DEMA organization.

Importantly, DEMA anticipates hosting DEMA Show in New Orleans, in November 2020, as scheduled.  As of this date, the US Travel Association advises that “travel within the U.S. can and should continue as normal.”

We recognize that the Coronavirus outbreak, along with misinformation and the surrounding media coverage are creating issues for all stakeholders in the recreational diving industry. DEMA is closely monitoring the ongoing developments with this issue and is committed to taking the appropriate precautions to provide a safe and healthy environment for DEMA Show exhibitors and attendees.  DEMA is also following the latest recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as direction from U.S. government and local officials.  In addition, DEMA is working with the City of New Orleans on health and safety measures.

DEMA has also taken the following steps to help

  • Created a web page for all industry members which contains pertinent articles on travel, equipment usage and cleaning, and health guidelines from the WHO and CDC, as well as links to outbreak monitoring services. The page can be found here:

  • Extended payment milestones for DEMA Show Exhibitors to assist as businesses get through the immediate concerns.

  • Working with association and convention industries as well as with show-related vendors to bring the latest information and event protocols to DEMA Members, DEMA Show Exhibitors and DEMA Show Attendees.

DEMA belongs to a coalition of recreation businesses all facing the same issues and much of the same regulatory environment. Working with this coalition provides access to additional ideas and data to help us all with this worldwide concern.

DEMA Show is on track for staging in New Orleans, November 4-7, 2020.  The health and safety planning for DEMA Show is a top priority for us. If you have any concerns or questions, please reach out to us at

DEMA, The Diving Equipment & Marketing Association | US Toll Free: (800) 862-3483 | Ph: (858) 616-6408 | Fx: (858) 616-6495 |