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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) - Preparedness

This page was last updated on May 18, 2020

On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a global health emergency. While confirmed cases remain concentrated in China and parts of Asia, cases are being increasingly reported in areas of Europe, the United States, and Canada. 

Please know we are monitoring conditions daily regarding any potential impact to the ACC community around the world, as this is a rapidly changing situation. Concern for the health and safety of ACC’s members, speakers, sponsors, and staff is of course the top priority.

    Impact of COVID-19 on Upcoming ACC In-Person Education

    Please check this page for daily updates on ACC (Headquarters) in-person Education Events. ACC is monitoring federal and international travel restrictions and local, state, or regional decisions to ban meetings in locations hosting ACC events.

    ACC continues to monitor the impact COVID-19 is having worldwide. For now, we are planning to hold the 2020 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia as scheduled. We are continuing to plan for another stellar in-person experience on October 13-16. We do, however, recognize that some individuals may be unable to attend in person due to budgetary, corporate or other restrictions. For those who cannot join us in person, we are actively working on an option for individuals to take part in live, virtual educational programs as well as online networking, and a “walk” around the exhibit hall to engage with legal service providers. As further details become available, we are committed to keeping all of our stakeholders informed (including Program Organizers, Speakers, Networks and Sponsors) so that everyone within the ACC community can benefit from attending the world’s largest gathering of in-house counsel.

    Please contact your Chapter for inquiries related to chapter-hosted events. For ACC Foundation events, please visit www.acc-foundation.com.

    We are working proactively with all onsite vendors in maintaining all appropriate sanitary, health, and safety measures and encourage attendees to follow guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. 

    This page will have the latest updates from our team. Should there be a need to make any changes to event schedules, we will provide information to members and event registrants via email and social media. We will also share information about virtual options that may be available.

    Onsite Precautions

    In addition to preparing appropriate contingency plans, ACC is collaborating with our onsite vendors to take all necessary precautions prior to and during all upcoming events. These actions include:

    • Ensuring event facilities are focused on increasing frequency and thoroughness of cleaning public spaces and reinforcing importance of washing hands with all staff. 
    • Ensuring facilities add hand sanitizing stations in public areas. 
    • Working with facilities to implement Coronavirus Awareness Training or other formal training regimens for their staff. 
    • Working with facilities to update their food display practices to reduce the risk of contamination.
    • Securing our own supply of hand sanitizer and masks to use onsite. 
    • Developing signage for event spaces to remind all attendees about WHO/CDC recommendations to help maintain vigilance. 

    Emergency plans have been developed for each of ACC's in-person events and will be communicated to attendees in advance of the event and onsite.

    Resources

    These legal resources are compiled to help you stay informed on this rapidly evolving situation.

    Safe Travel Tips and Advisories

    Health Information and Alerts

    For questions or concerns regarding:

    ACC Resources

    Depiction of a virus
    COVID-19 Resources
    Dealing with the Covid-19 (2019-nCov) Coronavirus Epidemic: Resources for In-house Counsel
    Online Education
    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak: What In-house Counsel Need to Know Now in 60 Minutes
    World Health Organization
    Visit the World Health Organization for the latest on the spread of COVID-19
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