PSCA 2020 National Conference Statement on Coronavirus
2020 PSCA National Conference Statement on Coronavirus
We understand that many of you have concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). PSCA wants to be as transparent as possible and share information about how we are following developments relating to COVID-19 and what we are doing to prepare for the 2020 PSCA National Conference. Importantly, the PSCA National Conference is currently proceeding as scheduled May 14-15, 2020, in New Orleans, LA.
PSCA has been in direct contact with the staff of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. They have confirmed that the U.S. government, to date, has not issued any restrictions on conducting or participating in large events in the United States. It is the view of the Task Force, which also reflects the view of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), that at this time there is minimal risk to attendees of conferences, or other large events such as sporting events, concerts, or other similar venues that host large crowds.
We also want to stress that this is an extremely fluid situation and PSCA will continue to actively monitor it and take actions as warranted. The CDC and HHS are also recommending preventative protocols for large events, which we will be following as appropriate and as outlined below.
- PSCA is committed to hosting a safe and successful conference. Our top priority is the health and safety of all participants, including attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, staff, industry partners, and others involved in the conference.
- The CDC has publicly deemedthe health risk of COVID-19 for the general American public to be low at this time.
- PSCA is actively monitoring CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) updates for further information. Up to date information can be found at www.coronavirus.gov.
- PSCA staff is working closely with our hotel partner and local New Orleans authorities to evaluate the situation and implement best practices.
- Those traveling to or from the impacted areas are advised to pay attention to the directives of the CDC and take any necessary precautions as directed.
- More information about the New Orleans health plan is available here.
- Attendees should monitor the New Orleans Health Department and CDC travel guidelines prior to their departure.
Onsite Plans for the PSCA National Conference
- We encourage all participants, including exhibitors and attendees, to take common-sense precautions by following WHO and CDC guidelines when they are onsite at the show, such as:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Maintain social distancing (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- To help support these efforts, PSCA is encouraging attendees and exhibitors to engage in a ‘touch-free’ conference this year. This includes:
- Adoption of a no-handshake policy.
- Reducing the exchange of business cards by utilizing the PSCA Conference Mobile App to make business connections, eliminating the need to exchange business cards.
- In addition, onsite at PSCA National Conference:
- There will be an increased number of hand sanitation sites surrounding conference venues and staff, providing alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- There will be more frequent wipe-downs by hotel, conference and park staff of all common touch areas, such as doorknobs, lecterns, microphones, light switches, escalator rails, trash receptacles, elevator buttons, water stations, bathroom areas and furniture.
- The hotel catering department will ensure that all health department protocols are followed.
- During the conference, any attendee who develops symptoms should contact hotel security for assessment and to determine the most appropriate course of action.
- If you are onsite at the conference and you are feeling feverish or have other flu-like symptoms, please do not participate in large conference activities until you have sought proper medical attention and have been cleared to do so.
We are committed to making the 2020 PSCA National Conference a safe, healthy and successful event. We will continue to keep you apprised as developments relating to COVID-19 occur. If you have any questions about the upcoming event, please contact us at email@example.com.