HILTON HEAD, S.C. — The 2021 Clemson Global Tire Conference has been postponed because of the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, and rescheduled for April 18-20, 2022.
The organizing committee said the decision was made as a result of scientific data that show the vaccination rate of South Carolina at 40.7%, with an "upward trend in hospitalizations due to new and stronger COVID-19 variants including the most dominant Delta variant."
The conference committee said because of that, many participants and speakers were unwilling to commit to attending.
Refunds will be issued to those who already have registered, or the conference said it would hold registrations for the spring event.
"Please understand that this decision was made from deep concern for the health and well-being of our registrants, staff, speakers and the Hilton Head community," the committee wrote.
The event just canceled was the the rescheduled 2020 Global Tire Industry Conference, which had been scheduled for Sept. 1-3, 2020, after being moved earlier from its original April 28-30 time slot.