UPDATED: March 20, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. EDT

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During this unique, challenging, and stressful time, we want you to know that WEF is here to provide resources for our members and make decisions that are in our collective best interest. The importance of minimizing the spread of the coronavirus; its expanding reach making it impossible for us to deliver high-quality programs and networking opportunities as promised; concerns expressed by conference participants; and travel restrictions by organizations and government agencies contributed to our decision to cancel several events.

Based on the unprecedented nature of this situation, within 45 days, WEF will issue full refunds to attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors of all fees paid to WEF for these events.

If you booked your hotel room(s) through WEF’s blocks at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati for Odors & Air Pollutants and the Stormwater Symposium, or at the Hilton Minneapolis for Residuals & Biosolids, your hotel room(s) will be automatically cancelled by the properties. If you booked your room(s) in another hotel or outside WEF’s blocks at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati or Hilton Minneapolis, please contact the property directly to cancel your reservation.

Our staff are meeting daily and closely monitoring news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); World Health Organization (WHO); and state and local health authorities in the destinations that are scheduled to host us. See below for how we are preparing to produce safe & healthy future events and responding to common questions. If you have further questions or other concerns, please contact [email protected].

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Which of WEF’s 2020 conferences and events are postponed or canceled?

The following events are CANCELED:

The following events are proceeding as planned:

What is WEF doing to prepare healthy environments during events?

WEF and our suppliers are taking precautions at future events to prevent the spread of germs:

  • Working diligently with hotels, convention centers, and other suppliers to clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces like tables, door handles, keyboards/tablets, etc. on a recurring basis per the CDC’s prevention guidelines.
  • Providing tips to exhibitors on best practices for sanitizing their booth displays.
  • Increasing availability of hand sanitizer in registration areas and meeting rooms.
  • Engaging onsite medical support.
  • Suggesting alternatives to exchanging business cards and handshakes:
    • Exhibitors may use Experient Inc.’s lead retrieval system for gathering leads electronically.
    • Attendees may utilize technologies like the WEF Events mobile app, AirDrop or other available services to share contact information electronically.

How can I protect myself and others while at an event?

Regardless of any other circumstances, it is still cold and flu season and the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to viruses. We ask everyone to exercise discretion and stay home/do not travel if they are feeling unwell.

  • Wash your hands frequently using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol.
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 3-feet (1-meter) between yourself and others, especially anyone who is coughing or sneezing. We know that connecting with colleagues is a significant reason that you choose to participate in our events, but consider alternatives to handshakes, fist-bumps, high-fives, hugs, etc.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent transfer of viruses to areas where they may enter your body.
  • Clean frequently touched objects like your mobile phone and laptop/tablet with antibacterial cleaner or wipes.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Seek medical attention early if you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. Tell your health care provider if you have travelled (or if you have been in close contact with someone else who has travelled) to an area where COVID-19 has been reported and you have respiratory symptoms.

You are encouraged to always exercise healthy travel habits and to follow guidance issued by official sources of public health and travel safety information, including:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

U.S. Department of State

What happens if someone presents flu-like symptoms at an event?

First aid professional service providers will be readily available onsite at convention centers to help any individuals that need medical attention.