Staying Healthy and Safe at IWCE
IWCE will take place from August 24 - 28, 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The health and safety of our attendees and exhibitors is our top priority. We are actively monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV) situation in China and are complying with the guidelines set by local government, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). This page will keep you informed on the latest updates and information, as well as our approach to keep our attendees safe and healthy.
Update as of March 6, 2020
As IWCE 2020 approaches, we would like to reiterate how much we care about the global critical communications ecosystem and the health of our attendees. Thank you for supporting us and the rest of the community.
As we once again welcome you back to Las Vegas, we feel the need to update you on our preparation for the event. Based on strict U.S. quarantine around COVID-19 and a large number of enhanced on-site measures, we are confident we can execute a safe and successful event for our community. Locally, the State of Nevada Department of Health and Human Services and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority support the convening of public events.
As of last week, we continue to welcome a number of new exhibitors. Attendance for both the conference and the exposition show has been tracking well ahead of previous years as well.
We are also continuing to follow the latest CDC and World Health Organization guidance, following in the footsteps of other large international events that are taking place successfully at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Due to stringent U.S. travel and safety restrictions implemented on February 2, 2020, all of our China-based exhibitors (around 35 out of the 400 companies hosted at IWCE this year) had to push their participation to 2021 or are sending North American personnel to staff their booth. We are looking forward to hosting those who are unable to attend next year.
Additionally, we are actively monitoring updates form the U.S. Department of State regarding the recent broadening of travel restrictions and other guidance related to COVID-19. We're hoping for a resolution of this difficult situation as soon as practical.
Measures Implemented by IWCE 2020
Below we've outlined important safety guidelines that we have put in place during IWCE 2020 to help attendees have a healthy event.
To ensure your health & safety, IWCE is:
- Adhering to travel restrictions and guidance of the U.S. Department of State.
- Following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Working with our host hotels to ensure an appropriate increase in their cleanliness & hygiene regimes.
- Asking IWCE exhibitors to regularly disinfect & otherwise clean any interactive elements of their display that are used by multiple attendees.
- Encouraging attendees and exhibitors to follow regular CDC guidance for everyday preventive actions to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses of any kind:
- 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.
- 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.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay in your hotel or at home when you are sick.
- Cover your face with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash.
The Las Vegas Convention Center Cleanliness Protocol
The Las Vegas Convention Center continues to actively monitor COVID-19 and is diligently working with the Southern Nevada Health District and the U.S. Travel Association to share updates as the health and safety of employees and guests remain our utmost priority.
According to the Health District, Southern Nevada and resort properties have not been identified as being at higher risk for disease transmission.
The Las Vegas Convention Center has:
- Increased cleaning protocols to include more frequent wiping and disinfecting of touchpoints in its facility during occupied show hours, such as door handles, elevator buttons, handrails, restroom stall doors and sinks.
- Added additional hand sanitizer stations in strategically placed areas throughout the facility.
- Increased the outside air intake/air change rates during occupied show hours.
- Reinforced its standard employee health practices, including sending employees home and/or encouraging employees to stay home if they are sick or demonstrated health symptoms that could impact colleagues or guests.
- Reinforced its standard food safety awareness programs including frequent hand washing and making alcohol-based hand gel/rub available at every food station and every table at food outlets.
- Continued to participate in ongoing webinars and conference calls with the International Association of Venue Managers to stay abreast of new practices, protocols and guidance.
Preparations Being Taken in Southern Nevada
The Southern Nevada Health District conducts regular emergency exercises with both its public and private response partners, and there are plans for responding to an outbreak of disease and guidance for pandemic response, including:
- Continuing to work with its state and federal partners on a multi-layered response with the goal of detecting and minimizing introductions of this virus in the U.S. to reduce the spread and impact on our community.
- Monitoring travelers who underwent medical screenings and were allowed to travel to their final destinations. These individuals were not experiencing any symptoms and were asked to stay home and monitor their health within a 14-day period.
- Following the CDC community guidance documents representing proactive public health activities that businesses, first responders, health care providers and others can utilize to better prepare to mitigate the impact of the virus if transmission begins to occur in the U.S. The document will soon be available on the CDC website.