Posted June 18, 2020

STAFDA releases Anaheim convention safety update

STAFDA is working with Anaheim city and convention center leadership to ensure that convention attendees can enjoy safe facilities and attractions as scheduled events resume.  

Mindful of the critical importance of maintaining a safe convention environment for members during its coming Nov. 8-10, 2020 Convention and Trade Show at the Anaheim Convention Center (ACC), STAFDA is working with Anaheim city and convention center leadership to ensure that association members and vendors can enjoy maximum safety and productivity during this year's event.  

Toward that end, STAFDA has released the following statement:

Safety Precautions for STAFDA’s Anaheim Convention

As we transition to a post-COVID-19 world, all necessary precautions are being taken for STAFDA’s November 8-10 Anaheim Convention & Trade Show.  The STAFDA office is closely working with the Anaheim Convention Center, Visit Anaheim, Freeman (our show contractor), and two host hotels – the Anaheim Marriott and Hilton Anaheim – to provide attendees with the cleanest and safest environment for our business meeting.  These vendors already have stringent cleaning policies in place and STAFDA’s guidelines will be on top of their standards.

Here’s what to expect at the STAFDA Registration Desk:

  • No-touch, self-check-in for badges:  Attendees will scan their bar code from their badge confirmation sheet or smartphone.  Their badge will print automatically with NO action on the computer required. The printer will face the attendee where they will remove their badge and pick up their own lanyard.
  • All onsite registrations will be handled with STAFDA’s admin user, again no-touch.
  • Each admin station will be staffed by the same person each day. Disinfectant wipes and spray will be utilized multiple times a day and each evening/morning before registration opens.
  • ALL registration counters will utilize Plexiglass shields to create a barrier between the registrant and registration staffers.

The Anaheim Convention Center (ACC) will have hand sanitizers throughout the building and public spaces will be disinfected several times a day, including restrooms.  Touch-free doors and entryways will also be the norm.

Freeman will provide floor graphics to denote social distancing and other signage to assist STAFDA with attendee safety and flow.

Both the Marriott and Hilton will offer remote registration and are reviewing policies about accessing elevators, guest rooms, concierge lounges as well as their public space (restaurants and bars).

This is still a fluid learning curve for STAFDA and its key vendors. As the year progresses, STAFDA will keep members updated on additional safety measures for the Anaheim Convention & Trade Show. 

STAFDA has also received updates on Anaheim and ACC reopening schedules, safety and sanitation procedures at present. 

Click here to read about the ACC's Reopening and GBAC Accreditation

Click here to read ACC's Recovery Plan.

Registration for the 2020 STAFDA Convention and Trade Show opens June 29. 

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