The organisation stated it was cancelled due to the “ongoing seriousness and unpredictability of the current Covid-19 pandemic”.
A statement published by the NAFD said: “We are advised that Stoneleigh Park will not reopen until April 2021, at the earliest, and this is uncomfortably close to NFE, risking us being caught up in any last minute delays to this date leaving us unable to run the event.”
“Even if it proves possible to run the event in the planned dates, the consensus is that vaccinating the population will take many months and so it is likely that social distancing will remain a requirement well into 2021 – leading to reduced capacity, both for visitors and exhibitors, at the show.”
It added: “We know that this decision impacts upon the marketing plans for our exhibitors and we wanted to give them as much time and support as possible to consider their options for not only 2022 – but also 2024, when the subsequent NFE will now be held.
“It’s been a very difficult year for everyone and the NAFD has been humbled by the support and partnership shown across the funeral sector, in the common interest of serving bereaved people at this difficult time.We have a difficult few months ahead as a sector, but planning is now underway to ensure that the National Funeral Exhibition will return, in 2022, stronger and more vibrant than ever.”