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PIUG COVID-19 Action Plan

In response to the widespread travel bans and requests from government and health authorities, the PIUG 2020 Annual Conference has been rescheduled to take place October 12–16, 2020 in Orlando at the Caribe Royale hotel.

For the most up-to-date information regarding the virus, please refer to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. The World Health Organization also provides up-to-date information.

The U.S. Government has and continues to take steps to try to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This includes (effective 2 February) suspending entry of any foreign national who has been to China within the past 14 days. The U.S. Department of State provides additional information.

PIUG will:

  • Follow recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the policies of the local government and city officials;
  • Identify local emergency care facilities that will be able to promptly care for attendees that may require treatment;

PIUG is planning to implement additional onsite tools for registrants and exhibitors, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Increased availability of hand sanitizing stations;
  • Work with the hotel to ensure increased cleaning and disinfection process across all high-volume touchpoints (catering areas, surfaces, handrails, restrooms, entrances/exits, touch-screens, etc.) along with the use of cleaning/sanitizing materials and products;
  • Awareness campaign of sanitizing efforts via online and onsite information and signage;
  • Availability of sanitizing and disinfection materials for public use;
  • Create an environment to promote a "touch-free" exhibition and conference:
    • Communicating the adoption of a "no-handshake policy"
    • Reduce/eliminate business card exchanges

We strongly urge exhibitors and attendees to implement appropriate guidelines and protocols as suggested by the WHO and other health authorities. PIUG will endeavor to provide a safe and healthy environment for all attendees.

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