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Coronavirus Update

Updated March 3, 2020:

As an attendee at Global Food Contact 2020, your safety and experience is our top priority. With the current news reports regarding the coronavirus, we want to update you on this April's event.

The event will currently go ahead as planned. Smithers will continue to follow the guidance of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is in close communication with the conference hotel to monitor any development pertaining to COVID-19 in the area. The travel restrictions implemented by the U.S. Government on January 31, 2020 remain in effect and according to the CDC’s latest situation summary, the health risk from Coronavirus for the general American public is considered low at this time. If the plan changes, you will be alerted immediately.

The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is similar to how you would take precautions against the common cold or flu.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or the crook of your elbow, rather than your hands –and throw the tissue away immediately.
  • Wash your hands often using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • There is no need to wear a face mask if you are well and do not have symptoms.

We are asking anyone who has traveled to a region with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice - including China, South Korea, Northern Italy, or Iran in 2020, to contact sford@smithers.com as soon as possible to discuss their participation at the conference.

This remains a very fluid situation. Smithers is prepared and resolute in our commitment to leading our global business events in collaboration with our network of equally committed partners safely forward.