Like you, we at ILEA Headquarters are paying close attention to the developing news about the Coronavirus (COVID-19). And we want to assure you that we place a high priority on the health and safety of you, our members.
We are closely monitoring the situation, reaching out to colleagues across our industry, as well as in the travel and association industries, and consulting guidelines from the CDC and WHO. All have communicated the same message; proceed with caution, not panic. At this time, no federal restrictions are in place to prevent large gatherings or travel in the United States.
For that reason, we are not making any changes to our plan to host ILEA Live, in late July in San Francisco, California. We will keep you updated if that changes in the future. Out of an abundance of caution as well as respect for your well-being and peace of mind, we will be adopting best practices recommended by the CDC, WHO, and other health professionals while in San Francisco. We will advocate for frequent hand washing, being careful not to touch one another, and remaining home if you're feeling unwell in an effort to keep all ILEA Live attendees safe and healthy. As we take these steps, you may see changes to your ILEA Live experience.
As live event professionals, certainly the Coronavirus crisis is affecting your business in one way or another. We want to make sure you're armed with valuable resources and up-to-date information to make the best decisions for yourself and your business. Follow this discussion thread in the ILEA Communities where President Jennifer Trethewey, CSEP is sharing information and members are talking about the impact they're experiencing.
This is a rapidly evolving situation. We urge you to stay alert and informed in order to be a sound resource for your clients who may be wondering what changes, if any, need to be made to their event plans. And, as always, the global ILEA community will serve as a sounding board and support system throughout this time of uncertainty.
The International Live Events Association Board of Governors