Regarding the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: NBFF is working closely on a daily basis with local, state, and federal agencies to plan for a safe event.
As a result of this dialogue and the recommendations of Orange County Public Health, we are making plans for a 2020 event with the health and safety of our attendees, staff, and volunteers as our top priority.
Prevention tips from Orange County Public Health include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
- When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Do not attend the event if you are feeling ill. If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, contact Orange County’s Communicable Disease Control Division at 714-834-8180. If it is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.
- It is also important that you listen to public health officials who may recommend community actions to reduce potential exposure to COVID-19, especially if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.
The California Department of Public Health is encouraging Californians who are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 to take actions to reduce their risk. Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
- Older adults
- Individuals with compromised immune systems
- Individuals who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or health condition, it is important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.
For more information visit the CDC’s website.
For more information on COVID-19 and California’s response visit the CDPH website.
Actions you can take to reduce your risk includes:
1. Businesses Continue to Operate, and So Does NBFF
We are following the recommendations of scientific and health agencies when making determinations regarding operations and precautions around the 2020 event. Safety is a top priority, and we continue to work with them on a daily basis. Restaurants, bars, clubs, theatres, event venues, and other businesses that people patronize are still open and people continue to attend. Travelers from the U.S. and around the world continue to visit Newport Beach daily.
2. What are the Current Preparedness Plans?
We are in constant contact with the local public health authority, Orange County and Newport Beach officials, and preparedness plans are ongoing.
Safety is a top priority for NBFF. Currently, we are taking the following actions on-site: provision of disinfectant wipes and spray, hand sanitizer for common area spaces and activity spaces, microphone wipe downs, the inclusion of Orange County Public Health Disease Prevention literature, outreach to all meeting spaces, venues, and hotels.
3. How Will Preparedness Plans Impact NBFF Participants?
NBFF and Orange County Public Health encourage the implementation of personal hygiene practices, including washing your hands for 20 seconds and using alcohol-based hand sanitizer, when coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Our plans are to keep our events as safe and hygienic as possible with regular theater cleanings, workspace wipe-downs, and microphone and chair sanitization.
4. How Many Cancellations Have Occurred?
At this time, we have a small number of cancellations from participants. This includes attendees who were traveling from heavily affected areas, registrants whose companies have instituted travel bans, and those who have opted out due to personal preference.
5. What is Happening with Corporate Travel Bans?
We understand that some companies have instituted general corporate travel bans for staff. To our knowledge, only a handful have affected our event programming at this time, and we will update our schedule accordingly.
6. Where Can We Find Updates?
We are regularly updating our COVID-19 Response page with new information. Please check back regularly.
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