How Pittsburgh’s large-scale indoor events are preparing to go on in 2021

How Pittsburgh’s large-scale indoor events are preparing to go on in 2021
The David L. Lawrence Convention Center, as seen from the Three Rivers Heritage Trail directly across the Allegheny River. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

PITTSBURGH — From dedicated entryways and exits to disinfectant stations and face mask requirements, organizers behind some of Pittsburgh’s largest annual events at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center are brainstorming ideas for 2021, a year that remains hard to predict given all of the uncertainties surrounding Covid-19.

For many, the convention center’s large-scale events, like the 10-day Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show, are crucial.

“Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of our exhibitor firms book the entire year’s business in just those 10 days, and each of those companies employs dozens upon dozens of individuals,” John DeSantis, executive director of the Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show, said. “At each level, these events literally support the local economy in a way that is sometimes invisible except to the people who are in business in that category. The domino effect of these events is huge.”

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