Onsite COVID-19 Preparations

AACC’s Plans for a Safe and Productive Event

Last updated June 15, 2020

AACC’s priority is always the health and well-being of our community. We are therefore working closely with McCormick Place, vendor partners, and hotels on social distancing and other plans to address COVID-19 concerns and to keep our attendees safe during the upcoming meeting. We will also continue to follow all recommendations and safety procedures from CDC, the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago, and industry standards and will update our plans and guidelines accordingly.

AACC will routinely share all updates on our evolving COVID-19 preparations as we actively work to plan for a safe and productive event. Our current preparations include but are not limited to the following:

Show Management Areas Cleaning Process and Social Distancing Measures

In show management areas, which include the exhibit hall, educational session rooms, AACC offices, etc., we will implement the following:

  • Increased cleaning in all high traffic areas such as registration, product showcase, AACC Headquarters, etc.;
  • Increased space between chairs in the educational sessions to allow for social distancing; and
  • Signage and floor decals to encouraging social distancing in common areas.

Best Practices and Readiness for Exhibitors

AACC will provide best practices/suggestions for exhibitors on how to maintain adequate social distancing in their booths, including but not limited to the following:

  • Using open booth designs or creating a restricted area to limit groups congregating in one particular area;
  • Allowing open entry and exit points;
  • Cleaning machines and high touch surfaces multiple times throughout the day;
  • Utilizing seating to encourage adequate social distancing;
  • Providing hand sanitizer in your booth; and
  • If serving food, working with SAVOR, the official catering provider for McCormick Place, to ensure proper food safety.

General Building Cleaning Process

In addition to restrooms, McCormick Place will implement increased cleaning in all high touch building areas, including but not limited to:

  • Handrails;
  • All entrance revolving door handles, main door handles, and push bars;
  • Public furniture;
  • High-touch points in meeting rooms (door handles, podiums, etc.).

McCormick Place will also:

  • Increase the number of hand sanitizer stations located throughout the building;
  • Revamp food service to ensure food safety.

General Building Readiness

  • McCormick Place Staff Training - security, fire safety, EMT, and paramedic personnel have received guidelines on how to recognize possible symptoms of coronavirus. In addition, first aid staff have received precautionary training on what to do if a guest presents with coronavirus-like symptoms.
  • First Aid Stations - First aid staff will be located in McCormick Place and will be able to assist attendees or exhibitors as needed.
  • Update to Air Exchange - McCormick Place will increase the outside air intake/air change rate during event hours.

For more information on the convention center’s cleaning process and readiness, visit McCormick Place’s Coronavirus Preparedness page.

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