The National Hardware Show, originally scheduled for May, then postponed to September, has officially been canceled as a live event after months of closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Organizers plan to announce details of a virtual event later this year. The virtual trade show will be dedicated to providing education and support that recognizes and addresses the direct and essential needs of the hardware industry, according to organizers.

“Our entire team is dedicated to supporting all of our customers and partners,” Rich Russo, industry vice president of the National Hardware Show, said in a prepared statement. “We are passionate about providing new options such as NHS Connects and look forward to continuing business virtually and creating innovative experiences for when we can hold an in-person event in 2021. We are re-imagining the entire physical trade show, so we look forward to new initiatives, new pavilions, and neighborhoods, and a complete transformation of [the] NHS for 2021.”

The National Hardware Show said hundreds of international exhibitors for the event were forced to cancel their plans to participate in the event due to market conditions and continued travel restrictions.