by Elise Schoening | June 02, 2020
As travel restrictions ease and hotels begin reopening, event professionals are looking for guidance on when and how face-to-face events can resume safely. In late May, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre hosted the city's first trade show since COVID-19 struck. Recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide a critical roadmap for resuming events in the U.S., while ensuring the health and safety of attendees and staff. 

The CDC guidelines outline what should be done before, during and after an event, to prevent the spread of the virus and ensure the safety of attendees. Cleanliness guidelines and considerations for cancelling or postponing a meeting are also covered. "The details of your emergency-operations plan should be based on the size and duration of your events, demographics of the participants, complexity of your event operations, and type of on-site services and activities your event may offer," reads the document, which will be updated as more about the virus is learned. 

According to the CDC, event organizers must be prepared for contingencies with emergency-preparedness plans. "Depending on the severity of the outbreak, public-health officials may recommend community actions designed to limit exposure to COVID-19," the CDC has advised. "Officials may ask you to modify, postpone or cancel large events for the safety and well-being of your event staff, participants and the community." The following is extrapolated from the CDC recommendations.  

Read the full story on for step-by-step tips on what to do before, during and after and event to prevent and manage the spread of coronavirus.