SATELLITE 2020 Statement on Coronavirus

 

Based on the global news coverage as well as inbound questions we have received from our exhibitors and attendees, we wanted to provide an update on all precautions that SATELLITE 2020 is doing in regards to the novel coronavirus, recently named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization.

SATELLITE 2020 will continue to take place March 9 – 12 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C.  We value our community, and the safety and health of our audience is a top priority.  Out of an abundance of caution, we have worked with the Washington Convention Center and other vendors to put preventative measures in place to ensure the safety and health of our audience to help alleviate concerns as best we can.

Here is what we will do onsite to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Increased cleaning and disinfection across all high-volume touchpoints, e.g. catering areas, surfaces, handrails, restrooms, entrances/exits, public touch-screens, etc. along with the use of correct cleaning/sanitizing materials and products.
  • Increased hand sanitizer stations throughout the convention center.
  • Face masks will be made available for those wishing to use them. As supplies may be limited and provided on a first come first served basis, we also recommend you bring your own onsite.
  • Microphone windscreens will be replaced between each speaker, and battery packs wiped down.
  • Awareness and training to all staff on standard personal preventative measures, e.g. personal hygiene, frequency of use of sanitizing/disinfection products, etc.
  • Advice to exhibitors on implementing effective cleaning and disinfection of stands, offices along with guidance on personal hygiene measures and common preventive behavior.

SATELLITE will continue to monitor the situation, and take appropriate measures based on developments, and advice of the CDC and WHO.

The CDC recommends that everyone follow everyday prevention practices:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

In response to the epidemic in China, the United States has implemented a travel/entry restriction on any non-US citizens that have been physically present within the People’s Republic of China, excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.  The entire proclamation is available here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspension-entry-immigrants-nonimmigrants-persons-pose-risk-transmitting-2019-novel-coronavirus/

As of February 12, 2020, there have been no positive cases of COVID-19 in Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland or other neighboring states.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

RESOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/novel-coronavirus-china

World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

US Travel Department: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/novel-coronavirus-hubei-province–china.html

Additional questions or concerns?

Lindsey Fuller

Show Director, SATELLITE 2020

VP, Satellite Group

lfuller@accessintel.com