Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Update
The 2020 ASHE Region 6 Annual Conference will be held as planned April 9-10 in Rochester, Minnesota. ASHE Region 6 is fully committed to taking appropriate precautions to provide a safe and healthy environment for attendees.
How is ASHE Region 6 addressing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak?
ASHE Region 6 understands COVID-19 has raised concerns among and represents a potential risk to attendees, presenters and exhibitors. In response, ASHE Region 6 has adopted measures to minimize any potential impact on ASHE Region 6 Annual Conference. Similar measures have been implemented at other major events occurring in the U.S. to protect the health of individuals.
ASHE Region 6 has said attendees, presenters and exhibitors should be confident in the health/safety safeguards put in place. Why is that?
The U.S. government has taken steps to limit the potential transmission of COVID-19 to the U.S. by blocking entry of foreign nationals traveling from areas impacted by the virus. That strong border action has mitigated impact on the U.S.
Individuals and companies will still be in a position to come to the ASHE Region 6 as long as they are not in the U.S. government-mandated quarantine window. Much like individuals who are still going to sporting events, concerts, museums, and other events with large crowds, there is minimal risk for ASHE Region 6 attendees and exhibitors. While there have been large event cancellations in Europe and Asia, such actions have not been suggested or advised by U.S. government and health officials. ASHE Region 6 will continue to monitor this situation and take actions as warranted.
What measure are being implemented to provide a safe and healthy environment for attendees?
We strongly urge attendees and exhibitors to follow guidelines and protocols as suggested by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other health authorities to contain and mitigate against any further spread of the virus.
ASHE Region 6 will implement measures to include, but not be limited to, providing healthcare recommendations and tools for registrants, exhibitors and onsite personnel, as follows:
Increased availability of hand sanitizing stations
Increased cleaning and disinfection process across all high-volume touchpoints (catering areas, surfaces, handrails, restrooms, entrances/exits, touch-screens, etc.) along with the use of cleaning/sanitizing materials and products;
Awareness campaign via online and onsite information and signage;
Availability of sanitizing and disinfection materials for public use.
ASHE Region 6 is, and will continue to, follow all recommendations issued by of the City of Rochester as well as other governmental bodies such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
All attendee cancellations will be subject to ASHE Region 6's published Cancellation & Substitution policy. All sponsor and exhibitor cancellations will be subject to the cancellation clause included in the Terms and Conditions that were accepted when the application was submitted. All cancellations must be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.