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Friday, March 6, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Elizabeth Klein
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Reposted from Associations Now




Current World Health Organization statistics on incidence of COVID-19 worldwide and a roundup of conference, travel, and business news and information.


Worldwide: 95,333

China: 80,565 cases; 3,015 deaths

Outside China: 14,768 cases; 267 deaths, 85 countries

  • United States: 129 cases
  • Canada: 30 cases
  • Mexico: 5 cases

Source: World Health Organization Situation Report, March 5, 2020


The coronavirus outbreak has associations facing difficult decisions about whether to cancel, postpone, or proceed with plans to hold their upcoming in-person meetings. Leaders in and around the event industry are speaking out to support the safe continuation of face-to-face events.

“Many organizations (our own included) are continuing to organize and hold meetings and events around the United States,” leaders of several industry organizations, including ASAE President and CEO Susan Robertson, CAE, said in an open letter this week. “And we applaud and support the decision to safely do so, not only for the continuity of business, but for the millions of American workers that travel supports every day. The decision to cancel meetings and events creates significant impact on the American economy and to the workers whose jobs and livelihoods are affected by reductions in these events.”

The letter—also signed by leaders of Destinations International, the Events Industry Council, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, the International Association of Venue ManagersMeeting Professionals InternationalPCMA, and the U.S. Travel Association—expressed support for a similar message from the Meetings Mean Business coalition [PDF] this week.

Separately, two groups focused on the tradeshow space—UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, and the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO)—launched a campaign, “This Show Is Open for Business,” to support tradeshows that choose to stay open. “As part of the exhibitions industry, we are committed to keep our exhibitions and events going around the world wherever we can do so,” SISO Chair Greg Topalian said, according to the Trade Show News Network.


Agencies Face Tough Calls on Events Amid COVID–19 (FCW, 03/05/20) “[Customs and Border Protection] and [the General Services Administration] are making the same difficult calls their industry counterparts have made in the last few weeks about whether to go ahead with large conferences, as companies consider the health risk to attendees and restrict employee travel because of the unfolding COVID–19 outbreak.”

Send Workers Home Now If You Can, Association Says (Financial Advisor, 03/05/20) “With coronavirus detected in more than a dozen U.S. states and the domestic death toll rising, sending workers home should be a logical next step, said Scott Ream, chair of the Association of Continuity Professionals, a 1,700-member organization of business owners that advises companies on how to operate in a time of crisis. ‘If an organization is able to have people work from home, then obviously that’s the no-brainer,’ said Ream, who also operates his own business-continuity company. ‘The ACP recommends that if you are able to execute a work-from-home contingency plan you should be, if not invoking it now, making sure that all the things that you will need to be in place to invoke it are ready to go.’”

What Employers Should Consider Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak (Forbes, 03/03/20) “As employers ready their coronavirus response plans, there are several legal concerns that an organization must weigh. While employers have a duty to provide their workers with a safe and healthful workplace, they must do so in a way that does not create broad policies that invite discriminatory practices or are otherwise unlawful.”


ASAE has compiled an Issue Roundup with resources on coronavirus for associations, including a recording of a webcast featuring experts discussing the impact on meetings, legal considerations, and more. Go to the Issue Roundup on


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