Organizers for the upcoming LEDucation 2020 event in New York City are providing regular updates on planning, especially in light of concerns about COVID-19, or the coronavirus.
It provided the following update to attendees on Thursday, March 4, explaining why LEDucation is still going on as planned. Part of the statement says it is still taking into account the recommendations from federal and state authorities about hosting events like this.
We are looking forward to welcoming you to LEDucation 2020, taking place March 17-18.
The safety and health of our visitors and partners is LEDucation and the NY Hilton Midtown’s number one priority.
Please be assured that LEDucation and the NY Hilton Midtown are monitoring the ever-changing COVID-19 situation very closely.
Should there be any changes to the current status, we will take account of any recommendations from the relevant federal and state authorities, and the municipal health authorities, and implement all appropriate instructions.
At present, the situation has had very minor impacts on LEDucation attendee and exhibitor registration and we will continue as planned.
At the local level, the city of New York is continuing to host conferences and other public gatherings daily.
As a precaution, the New York Hilton Midtown is taking measures to increase the safety of all attendees.
- EcoLab Chemicals for sanitation of guest rooms
- Changing of glove protocol by housekeepers to prevent cross contamination from bath and bedroom
- Encourage sick team members to take sick leave
- Active handwashing and glove use for food handlers
- Blood borne pathogen cleanup protocols
Deployment of multiple hand sanitizer machines in public space areas
LEDucation and the NY Hilton Midtown’s direct message to everyone coming to LEDucation 2020 is to urge everyone to follow CDC guidelines and protocols or simply reconsider attending if you are feeling unwell.
CDC Preventive Actions
- 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.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- 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.