March 12, 2020
National Creditors Bar Association is committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of its members and attendees of its events. To address the concerns regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), NCBA is closely following the latest assessments from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At this time, all NCBA events - the 2020 Spring Conference in Atlanta and Hill Day in Washington, D.C. - are scheduled to take place as planned.
(March 13, 2020 update: NCBA's 2020 Hill Day Has Been Canceled. Due to Washington, D.C. declaring a health emergency, public access to the U.S. Capitol buildings is currently restricted through the end of March. NCBA will be looking to reschedule our Hill Day initiative for later in the year.)
NCBA is taking guidance from the CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO), the state of Georgia, and is working closely with our event hotel to make sure that necessary precautions are being taken.
Specifically, NCBA has confirmed with the Omni Atlanta Hotel that their staff are currently adhering to the guidelines from the WHO and the CDC. The Omni has placed hand sanitizing stations in public spaces of the hotel. The hotel remains vigilant in housekeeping and cleaning techniques.
In addition to these precautions, NCBA encourages members and attendees who are not feeling well or are exhibiting any cold-like or flu-like symptoms to stay at home, and also supports the recommendations provided on the CDC’s Traveler’s Health site.
On site, we will ask participants to adhere to the CDC’s guidelines, as outlined below, in order to prevent the illness and its spread:
Wash hands frequently and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub, or wash them with soap and water.
Maintain social distancing of at least 1 meter (3 feet) of distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
Practice respiratory hygiene. Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw away the tissue and wash your hands immediately.
We recognize that changes are occurring rapidly, and as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, NCBA will monitor developments to determine whether further measures, including conference and event cancellations, are warranted. Above all, I want to stress that the well-being of our members, conference attendees, volunteers, and staff are our primary concern. We will continue to provide updates and resources by e-mail, on the creditorsbar.org website, in the NCBA Weekly Journal newsletter, and through our social media channels, and hope that our efforts will address any concerns that our members might have. If you have additional questions or comments, please contact NCBA's National Office at 202-861-0706 or contact me by email at email@example.com.
As always, thank you for continued your support of National Creditors Bar Association.
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