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Mecum Auctions rolls into Las Vegas Convention Center Thursday

Updated November 11, 2020 - 4:47 pm

The Las Vegas Convention Center is gearing up to host its first show since March.

The convention center is hosting a welcome back event for Mecum Auctions — a car sales show — Thursday, while the show will take place Friday and Saturday.

About 1,000 people are set to attend the event, though they’ll be split into four rooms of 250 each.

Gov. Steve Sisolak’s updated health and safety rules for large gatherings is 250 with up to 1,000 if special permission is obtained.

In October, the governor said he planned to loosen restrictions even further in the new year by increasing convention capacity to 50 percent beginning Jan. 1.

But this month the Southern Nevada Health District recommended that gatherings of 1,000 or more people not be approved for the time being in Clark County, which is seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Mecum Auctions is the world’s largest collector-car auction company and the Las Vegas event will feature an estimated 600 collector vehicles. Admission is limited to preregistered bidders only and is currently closed.

Mecum CEO Dave Magers, who stages shows across the country, has perfected his company’s work under COVID-19 circumstances.

Hundreds of trade shows, conventions and meetings have been canceled or postponed since mid-March when Sisolak ordered limits on gathering sizes to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

While some traditional Las Vegas shows have been modified to online-only formats, Mecum will become the first show to be staged in person since the shutdown.

Contact Richard N. Velotta at rvelotta@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3893. Follow @RickVelotta on Twitter.

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