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Coronavirus could impact Omaha's big events

Posted at 5:33 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 19:07:19-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The coronavirus outbreak, half a world away, could have a big impact on one of Nebraska's premiere events.

The Berkshire Hathaway shareholder's meeting is scheduled to take place May 2nd at the CHI Health Center. About 40,000 people visit Omaha that weekend, and it's estimated 5,000 are from China.

Warren Buffett has said on CNBC this week that the virus could impact the meeting.

Restricted travel could keep hundreds if not thousands of people from flying internationally to the meeting.

The Nebraska Representative to China, Jennifer Zhang, says visitors from China will likely be limited.

"I got a lot of requests back in November and December, but now it's really quiet,” Zhang explained. “But as far as delegation wise, normally I have to reserve a hotel for them in order to get them in by the end of March. But I have not reserved any hotels this trip [or a bus]."

Visit Omaha says visitors’ mindsets are different when it comes to travel so it's hard to predict what will happen.

USA Swimming isn't planning any changes to the swim trials in June and the Tokyo Olympics are still as scheduled.