Update for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Updated: 3/09/2020 at 9:15AM
This message serves as an update to the continually developing situation regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and its impact on The Forum on Workplace Inclusion® 32nd Annual Conference (The Forum).
Based on information from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Forum annual conference is still scheduled to take place as planned on March 10 – 12 in Minneapolis, Minnesota U.S.A.
The Minnesota Department of Health is leading the state and city preparedness and information dissemination regarding COVID-19 and is not making a recommendation that events or extracurricular activities be canceled. Get the most up to date news and information on their website: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/situation.html
In addition to the Minnesota Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing updates and the most up-to-date news on their website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
We are sensitive to everyone’s concerns, and we want those who attend The Forum to feel welcome and comfortable. For that reason, we would like to provide you with information and updates on COVID-19 specifically as it relates to Minneapolis, Minnesota and The Forum.
At The Forum
Safe Conference Engagement. We are implementing a no handshake (or hugging) policy for the conference, and the Minneapolis Convention Center is carefully cleaning high-touch areas and commonly handled surfaces. Our partnered hotels are also following enhanced cleaning protocols. Visit the MCC’s website for additional information.
Travel advice and entry guidelines varies from country to country. Our event attendees are encouraged to check the latest travel advice and entry guidelines as found on the CDC’s website.
Follow the CDC’s Standard Recommendations. The CDC’s standard recommendations for the general public to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19 are as follows, which include hand and respiratory hygiene:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately. (Adapted from World Health Organization)
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
We are continually monitoring and assessing any new developments and will provide updates on our website if or when new information becomes available.
We strongly urge our exhibitors and attendees to refer to the guidelines and protocols as suggested by the CDC and local /state public health authorities regarding the virus.
Thank you for your partnership and we will continue to be a resource for you as we face this global issue.