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Coronavirus Update
Digital Signage Expo 2020 Will Stage as Planned
We are dedicated to the health and safety of all DSE participants and will provide information and updates regarding the Coronavirus concerns.
March 5, 2020 - Digital Signage Expo 2020 Reaffirms the Show is a Go

In the wake of the coronavirus cases established in the U.S., Digital Signage Expo (DSE) show management today affirmed that the event will be staged as planned March 31 – April 3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

"We take the concern about the coronavirus in the U.S. seriously, as we do the health and safety of all of our participants," said Chris Gibbs, president of Exponation LLC, which produces DSE, "and so does the Las Vegas Convention Center, where the event is being held. Management there is following established protocols to keep all participants of events at the LVCC as protected as possible."

In addition to following all CDC and Health District, Southern Nevada protocols, the Las Vegas Convention Center has:

  • Increased cleaning protocols to include more frequent wiping and disinfecting of touch points in its facility during occupied show hours, such as door handles, elevator buttons, handrails, restroom stall doors and sinks.
  • Added additional hand sanitizer stations in strategically placed areas throughout the facility.
  • Increased the outside air intake/air change rates during occupied show hours.
  • Reinforced its standard employee health practices, including sending employees home and/or encouraging employees to stay home if they are sick or demonstrated health symptoms that could impact fellow colleagues or guests.
  • Reinforced its standard food safety awareness programs including frequent hand washing and making alcohol-based hand gel/rub available at every food station and every table at food outlets.
  • Continue to participate in ongoing webinars and conference calls with the International Association of Venue Managers to stay abreast of new practices, protocols and guidance.

"We also have been assured by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority that area hotels and restaurants are maintaining high-level cleanliness and standards, as the safety of their visitors is of the highest priority," said Gibbs.

The Health District, Southern Nevada is continuing to work with the CDC, state, and local response partners to closely monitor the situation. Additional information and updates are available on the Health District website.

Lastly, among the "top 10" countries experiencing cases of the coronavirus, as of today, the U.S. has the second lowest number of cases and a very low death tally:

February 28, 2020 - COVID-19 Update from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
The LVCVA continues to actively monitor COVID-19 and is diligently working with the Southern Nevada Health District and the U.S. Travel Association to share updates as the health and safety of our employees and guests of the destination remains our utmost priority. Yesterday, the CDC began to proactively prepare the public for the potential spread in the United States in order to mitigate the impact of the virus IF transmission begins to occur. At this time, there continues to be no reported cases in Clark County or Nevada, and health authorities have not issued any domestic travel notices, precautions or guidance specific to travel. The CDC did, however, update its international travel notices to now include enhanced precautions in Japan and South Korea and usual precautions in Iran and Italy.

According to the Health District, Southern Nevada and resort properties have not been identified as being at higher risk for disease transmission. People who have not traveled to an area where the virus is circulating or have not had close contact with a patient who has tested positive for the virus continue to be at low risk for infection.

WHAT TRAVEL AND VISITOR GUIDANCE IS AVAILABLE?

The U.S. Travel Association is closely monitoring how COVID-19 is impacting global trade shows and conferences, and reports that travel trade shows are continuing as planned.

In addition to following all CDC and Health District protocols, the Las Vegas Convention Center has:

  • Increased cleaning protocols to include more frequent wiping and disinfecting of touch points in its facility during occupied show hours, such as door handles, elevator buttons, handrails, restroom stall doors and sinks.
  • Added additional hand sanitizer stations in strategically placed areas throughout the facility.
  • Increased the outside air intake/air change rates during occupied show hours.
  • Reinforced its standard employee health practices, including sending employees home and/or encouraging employees to stay home if they are sick or demonstrated health symptoms that could impact fellow colleagues or guests.
  • Reinforced its standard food safety awareness programs including frequent hand washing and making alcohol-based hand gel/rub available at every food station and every table at food outlets.
  • Continue to participate in ongoing webinars and conference calls with the International Association of Venue Managers to stay abreast of new practices, protocols and guidance.
WHAT PREPARATIONS ARE BEING TAKEN IN SOUTHERN NEVADA?
  • The Southern Nevada Health District conducts regular emergency exercises with both its public and private response partners, and there are plans in place for responding to an outbreak of disease and guidance for pandemic response.
  • The Health District successfully implemented these plans during the H1N1 pandemic response in 2009.
  • The Health District is continuing to work with its state and federal partners on a multi-layered response with the goal of detecting and minimizing introductions of this virus in the U.S. to reduce the spread and impact to our community.
  • The Health District continues to monitor travelers who underwent medical screenings and were allowed to travel to their final destinations. These individuals were not experiencing any symptoms and were asked to stay home and monitor their health within a 14-day period.
  • The CDC is preparing community guidance documents representing proactive public health activities that businesses, first responders, health care providers and others can utilize to better prepare to mitigate the impact of the virus if transmission begins to occur in the U.S. The document will soon be available on the CDC website.
WHAT CAN THE PUBLIC DO?

The best way the public can protect themselves is to practice healthy habits and take steps that will protect themselves from being exposed to the spread of respiratory viruses.

It is always recommended that people who are ill avoid travel to keep from potentially exposing others to viruses.

The Health District encourages the public to follow CDC recommendations to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

The Health District is continuing to work with the CDC, state, and local response partners to closely monitor the situation. Additional information and updates are available on the Health District website at www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/coronavirus.

February 27, 2020 - Show Management Issues Statement to Address Coronavirus Concerns

With our trade show and conference staging March 31- April 3, and no outbreak of this virus in the U.S., we can confirm that DSE 2020 will take place as planned.

We have been closely monitoring the situation and will continue to do so over the coming weeks. The greater majority of DSE’s exhibitors and attendees are based in the U.S. There are currently no travel restrictions within the U.S., or to and from most international destinations. We don’t expect that to change prior to the show dates. So, travel to and from DSE 2020 should be as convenient and safe as ever.

The travel restrictions to and from China and South Korea have caused a select few of our 2020 exhibitors to cancel their plans to exhibit. This will not have a material impact on our trade show. Also, DSE traditionally does not have many attendees from China and South Korea (less than 2%). So based on the current restrictions to and from these countries, we don’t expect any attendance from either for DSE 2020.

While we’re committed to stage DSE as planned, we are also dedicated to the health and safety of all participants. We have assurances from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority that the convention center and all member hotels are maintaining high-level cleanliness and safety standards. As you likely know, Las Vegas is one of the world’s top convention destinations, so the safety of their visitors is a high priority. They, too, are monitoring this situation closely and will be ready to respond accordingly should anything change.

We’re happy to report that DSE 2020’s pre-show stats are very strong with nearly 3,000 registrants to date (that’s on par with 2019 when DSE posted its second highest attendance in its 16-year history). And, our exhibit floor will be packed with 150+ exhibitors. The exhibit also has some new features that we’re excited about and think you will be, too.

Now, we’d like to address the consumer media coverage surrounding all of this. Granted, we all need and want information so that we can be prepared. However, at the moment, most countries are not facing the difficulties that China is and they (we) may or may not for quite some time. There has been a great deal of speculation about the growth of the virus, but it’s just that, speculation. That’s no reason to be disarmed or uninformed, but it’s also no reason to panic.

The stats below were compiled by Worldometer, which is run by an international team of developers, researchers, and volunteers with the goal of making world statistics available in a thought-provoking and time relevant format to a wide audience around the world.

These are just a select number of the countries that they are monitoring with regard to the Coronavirus. You can view the entire list at www.worldometers.info/coronavirus.

Image of list of countries effected by Coronavirus

As you can see, the real trouble lies elsewhere, not in the U.S. The virus takes two weeks to show itself. DSE will stage in five weeks. Something catastrophic is highly unlikely (or impossible) based on this timing. So, just as the British government advised as they were entering World War II, we think, with regard to DSE 2020, we should all “Stay Calm and Carry On.”

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Digital Signage Expo 2020
Conference - Sept 15 - 18 | Exhibit Hall - Sept 16 - 17
Las Vegas Convention Center | South Hall 3
150+ Exhibitors | Sessions | Lunch Roundtables | Free Workshops
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