Prevue has compiled the latest news on coronavirus, now COVID-19, along with some articles on what you can do as a meeting planner to deal with this crisis.
Here are the latest articles on coronavirus for meeting professionals:
Can the coronavirus outbreak qualify as a force majeure situation for event organizers?Planners of the canceled Mobile World Congress in Barcelona have cited that global health concerns regarding the coronavirus made it “impossible” to hold the event and had created a force majeure situation. The decision to cancel was made after many high-profile exhibitors, including Sony, Amazon, and LG, pulled out of the event, saying they did not want to risk their employees being exposed.
Meeting planners are wondering what their risk factor is when they get on a plane. The good news is that Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the risk of catching the virus in the U.S. remains “miniscule.”
PrimeGlobal, one of the five largest associations of independent accounting firms in the world, has canceled next year’s conference as a result of the crisis.
We’re still feeling the repercussions of last week’s cancellation of the GSMA annual Mobile World Congress, the MWC 2020, in Barcelona. One of the world’s biggest trade shows, the MWC attracts more than 100,000 attendees and brings a reported $500 million into the local economy.
With the quarantine of the Diamond Princess dominating the news, CLIA has issued new guidelines related to coronavirus, expanding restrictions on who can board any of its members’ ships.
In light of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommending that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China at this time, planners share tips regarding coronavirus and travel.