February 12, 2020 – Update on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
While Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America is still a few weeks away, we understand your concerns and questions around the impact of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID–19) on the event. We would like to assure you that the health and safety of our exhibitors, visitors and staff are our primary concern and priority.
Due to the current travel procedures into the United States, we are expecting to see an impact in participation from Mainland China, which annually represents about 5% of the combined visitor and exhibitor attendee base and 9% of the exhibit space. On February 2, 2020, U.S. travel restrictions went into effect regarding travel from China to the U.S.; an explanation of the new procedures can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-china.html.
While the current travel restrictions for those who have been to China will have some affect, the event is focused on accessing the North American seafood market. With 80% of our visitors coming from the U.S., Canada and Mexico, we are confident in the ability to provide important continuity and valuable business connections.
For many years, Diversified Communications has been producing professional and high-quality events to provide a safe environment where industry suppliers and buyers can meet and conduct business. Every day, we continue to see exhibitors and visitors registering to participate in the March edition of Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America. Please check the strong list of leading seafood companies serving the North American seafood market exhibiting at the event.
As we further the planning of the Expo’s 40th edition we will continue to monitor the situation and work closely with the Boston Convention & Exhibitor Center (BCEC) and the appropriate local authorities, as well as follow the health guidance from the CDC to adapt our plan according to new developments.
We are focusing on delivering a valuable, safe and successful event, we encourage exhibitors and visitors to contact us directly with any questions or concerns you might have at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we keep working with the convention center and the city to meticulously audit the event to implement the most effective additional preventive measures, please check this page regularly to get the latest updates.
For more information on COVID-19, visit the following resources:
• 2019-nCoV Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html
• Information for Travelers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
World Health Organization (WHO):
January 31, 2020 – Statement from Diversified Communications Concerning the Novel Coronavirus
The health and safety of our attendees and exhibitors is our primary concern. We, Diversified Communications, organizers of Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, in partnership with the appropriate authorities in the city of Boston, are monitoring the situation regarding the Novel Coronavirus, both in the U.S. and internationally.
The current situation has not impacted attendee and exhibitor registration and we look forward to a successful event on March 15-17, 2020 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) in Boston, Massachusetts.
We are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are also working with the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), and appropriate authorities on recommended protocols to protect our customers and attendees while at the Expo.
- The Public Safety Department is coordinating with the City, State and Federal 1st responders for “real time” intelligence and response protocol related to the Novel Coronavirus
- The BCEC has medically trained public safety staff as well as Boston Emergency Medical Services (Boston EMS) onsite during the event and will implement the most effective protocols in accordance with current recommendations
- The BCEC will also increase hand washing signage and hand sanitizer stations throughout the facility and be diligent about the cleaning of public areas
In addition, the City of Boston has increased efforts to prevent the spread of disease citywide including preparedness meetings with Boston EMS, emergency management agencies, the Police Department and the Fire department. The Massachusetts Port Authority in conjunction with the Center for Disease Control have begun to screen for international travelers through the Boston port of entry at Logan Airport for any signs of illness related to the Novel Coronavirus.
We encourage our exhibitors and visitors to take preventive measures and review the links included below from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization:
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel (U.S. CDC’s Travelers’ Health page)
Diversified Communications has been responding to public safety situations for many years and has an effective crisis management protocol in place. We have great confidence in our partnerships with the cities and local authorities where our events take place, and we will continue to update our customers on new developments. We look forward to a safe and successful event in Boston.
Please continue to check this page for updates.