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Understanding and Monitoring COVID-19

Like many of you, NACE continues to monitor developments around COVID-19 and will provide essential updates and resources on this page as we learn more.

The health and safety of our members are of the utmost importance. We encourage members to follow prevention guidelines recommended by the CDC – Center for Disease Control and Prevention as well as follow their Travel Health Guidelines.

Prevention Guidelines:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Understanding Symptoms:
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Impact on Events

As COVID-19 spreads, there has been a string of conference and event cancellations, and there may be more to come. The Events Industry Council, PCMA, and other organizations have developed resources for professionals looking for guidance on event safety and cancellations. Event organizers should look at the nature of their event, demographic profiles, and the geographic draw of attendance when assessing the risks to attendees, staff, vendors, and to the local community.

Industry professionals should continue to monitor national, state, and local health agencies and follow their recommendations.

Practicing Self-Care

Here a few ways you can keep calm and carry on during the next few weeks:

  1. Lean on community – With NACE, you are never alone in the challenges you face as event professionals. How you show up and lean on each other is more important than ever.
  2. Take a news detox for a few hours a day – While there is a legitimate reason to be concerned and take precaution, the constant media, and social media coverage, many of which may not be completely accurate, can be overwhelming. Limit your exposure to the news for a few hours and focus on what’s important to you, to help reduce anxiety and panic.
  3. Look for opportunity – There’s no doubt that catering & event professionals are being impacted in one way or another with event cancellations and postponements. While this most certainly creates financial uncertainty, this industry is also known for its ingenuity. Chris Meyer, Owner of The Brand Booth, a NACE National partner, said it best – “Now is the time to work on your CRM and fine-tune your process and flow to improve for the future. Now is the time to work in SEO / website/sales decks / and any other image/branding projects you’ve been putting off. Now is the time to focus on your education – learn new skills for your industry. Now is NOT the time to panic. Keep calm. Keep producing. Keep innovating. Keep moving forward.”

Share Your Story

We want to hear from you! How, if at all, is the spread of COVID-19 impacting your business. Share in the comments below or email info@nace.net.

Published March 5
Updated March 13 

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