Important Information Regarding the Coronavirus

In the global environment within which our IAPCO Members operate, travel plays and important role as people gather for congresses and events. The IAPCO Council and IAPCO HQ trust that our members and partners continue to take advice from their respective healthcare and government authorities when travelling and delivering projects for the clients.

The global outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus in the Chinese city of Wuhan and province of Hubei, has had major impacts on travel within and from China.

At this time, the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has determined that risk within British Columbia continues to be considered low.

Regardless, we have taken additional precautionary measures to further support our high standard of cleanliness. These include:

  • Implementing enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols by our housekeeping team.
  • Scheduling additional housekeeping staff during event days for greater coverage of high-touch areas.
  • Placing additional hand sanitizing stations throughout both buildings. Delegates are also encouraged to follow proper hygiene etiquette while attending the event.

The World Health Organization recommends that individuals:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough.

To stay up-to-date on this issue, we recommend visiting the World Health Organization’s website.

KEY MESSAGES FOR IAPCO MEMBERS

  • The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is actively monitoring the situation and working with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other international partners. Together they are gathering additional information and providing advice and guidance on the issue as it evolves.
  • They have currently assessed the risk of coronavirus to be low for Canada.
  • There have been no travel advisories issued to date regarding travel to Canada.
  • Canada is well-positioned to deal with this issue. There is a national plan for emerging disease outbreaks that is being followed.
  • It is business as usual in our city and no one should change their plans to come to Vancouver.
  • Vancouver is completely safe and open for business.