JOC Events statement on preparations for TPM20
We have been closely monitoring developments of the Coronavirus and the impact it might have at the upcoming 20th TPM conference, on March 1-4 in Long Beach.
As we finalize our event preparations our team is continuing to closely monitor the developments and the impact it might have on the health and safety of TPM visitors and partners. To date, new cases in the United States and in North America remain at a minimum. International travel restrictions set by the US Department of State for people from impacted regions remain in place.
In planning for TPM we are implementing the appropriate guidelines and protocols as suggested by the World Health Organization and other health authorities to contain and mitigate against any further spread of the virus and to ensure TPM this year remains a healthy and productive venue for industry learning and relationship building. In addition, we are working in close collaboration with the Long Beach Convention Center and the City of Long Beach to ensure a safe event for all attendees, including the following precautions:
Ample supply of hand sanitizers and tissue packs to be available for attendees at registration and throughout the venue
A heightened disinfection and cleaning effort throughout the venue with a focus on high-usage touchpoints including entrances and exits, stairway and other railings, elevator buttons, surface areas, public touch-screens, and food areas.
Awareness and training of all on-site staff regarding standard personal preventative measures, e.g. frequent use of sanitizing/disinfection products, etc.
Advice to sponsors and table top exhibitors on implementing effective cleaning and disinfection of display areas, along with guidance on personal hygiene measures and common preventive behavior
Awareness campaign to encourage safe on-site practice for instance, avoiding handshakes
In addition to these precautions, we strongly urge attendees to implement appropriate guidelines and protocols as suggested by the World Health Organization and other health authorities to mitigate any further spread of the virus. Up-to-date WHO advice can be found here: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/technical-guidance and the most recent press release issued by WHO is here: https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/30-01-2020-statement-on-the-second-meeting-of-the-international-health-regulations-(2005)-emergency-committee-regarding-the-outbreak-of-novel-coronavirus-(2019-ncov).
We are greatly looking forward to the 20th anniversary of TPM. If and when there is further information to convey, we will communicate that promptly to you and other attendees and partners of TPM. We look forward to seeing you in Long Beach.