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Relax, Breathe and Plan Accordingly
Despite the fact there are no domestic travel restrictions implemented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 being passed through the community in Utah, it is rightfully top of mind for many industries, including our travel industry here in Salt Lake. International restrictions have been placed on China, Italy, Iran and Korea, and these are sure to have at least a temporary impact on our collective business.
These uncertainties have prompted two conventions scheduled for March in Salt Lake to alter their plans. Domo has transformed its 2020 Domopalooza—scheduled to be held at the Salt Palace March 24-27—to an online event. And Qualtrics—scheduled later this week, March 10-12—is working to reschedule its Summit to this fall. No other meeting or convention slated to be in Salt Lake has cancelled, but the situation remains fluid and we are reaching out to our meeting professionals, event planners and visitors daily and will share updates impacting our industry in Salt Lake as they become available.
In the meantime, we believe knowledge and facts can be helpful in allaying any fears. And in that regard, you and your associates are in the best positon to stay informed about developments with the Coronavirus that may affect you. We are confident the Utah Department of Health’s website is the best hub of accurate and up to date information that may impact our community.
If you get five minutes, this article from Scientific American, Preparing for Coronavirus to Strike the U.S., provides a useful perspective on where we are, what we know and the variables we may encounter.
As always, thank you for your continued support of our efforts!