We have reviewed the threat of Covid-19 to our conference and determined it to be low. The CDC guidance on Covid-19 indicates that “for the general American public, such as workers in non-healthcare settings and where it is unlikely that work tasks create an increased risk of exposures to COVID-19, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low”. Increased risk of exposures does not pertain to DRI or its attendees.
There will be no DRI2020 attendees who have recently traveled to China. In accordance with the Presidential Proclamation on Novel Coronavirus, “foreign nationals who have visited China in the past 14 days may not enter the United States. American citizens, lawful permanent residents, and their families who have been in China in the past 14 days will be allowed to enter the United States, but will be redirected to one of 11 airports to undergo health screening. Depending on their health and travel history, they will have some level of restrictions on their movements for 14 days from the time they left China” (CDC). We look forward to welcoming these attendees at a future conference once it has been deemed safe.
As always, we encourage all attendees to take standard precautions such as handwashing and coughing and sneezing etiquette. We will be posting signs and providing hand sanitizer to encourage safe behavior. We are also working with the hotel and convention center to coordinate with the measures they are taking, although they have not issued any U.S. advisories at this time. We look forward to a safe and productive event in Savannah.