Boston Convention Centers Open, Operational Following Marathon Bombing

Despite Monday’s gruesome Boston Marathon bombings, Beantown is open for business, according to the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), which reported yesterday that the city’s two convention venues — the Hynes Convention Center and the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) — are “open, fully operational and hosting their scheduled events.”

Likewise, it said, Logan International Airport and “almost all hotels in Boston” are open and operating normally.

“We are still feeling the shock and sadness that comes with the terrible act committed at the Boston Marathon, but Boston is proving itself to be a strong and resilient city that will continue to be a welcoming and open city to all,” MCCA Executive Director James E. Rooney said in a statement. “Our facilities are open, operating fully and welcoming attendees. Those who are planning to attend events in our facilities this week, and into the future, should be well-assured that the MCCA, with the assistance of the City of Boston, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is taking every precaution to ensure they are safe, secure and able to participate fully in their meetings, conventions and events in Boston.”

Three citywide events scheduled for this week are taking place as planned, according to MCCA. They are the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association Annual Meeting at the Hynes Convention Center, which began its meeting Wednesday and concludes it today; the Experimental Biology Annual Meeting at BCEC, which will commence its meeting Saturday; and the Comic Con comic book exposition, taking place Saturday and Sunday at the Hynes Convention Center.

“Like everyone, we were horrified by the Boston Marathon tragedy. We therefore extend our sincere sympathies to those affected by the tragedy,” said Martin Frank, Ph.D. executive director of the American Physiological Society, on behalf of Experimental Biology. “However … the people of Boston are resilient. For that reason, we are pleased to be able to bring 15,000 scientists to Boston, to go forward with our annual Experimental Biology meeting, and to help restore a sense of normalcy to the city.”

In light of Monday’s events, MCCA said it has enhanced its set of “comprehensive and sophisticated” security protocols for meetings and conventions.

“The dog patrols that usually inspect freight coming into our facilities were increased and are being used to sweep the entire buildings,” it explained in a news release. “There is now a heightened security presence in MCCA facilities with increased scrutiny in ID checks on employees, vendors, exhibitors and attendees, as well as any vehicles entering the buildings. The MCCA’s staff is highly trained in the protocols of the National Incident Management System and its facilities use Department of Homeland Security approved freight scanning equipment.”

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