The OHUG 2020 Global Conference is proceeding as planned for June 7-10, 2020. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the Hyatt New Orleans in June.
As OHUG makes plans for our conference, the health and safety of our attendees, speakers, exhibitors, partners and staff remains our highest priority.
- OHUG is closely following official public health guidance related to COVID-19 from the CDC, WHO and Louisiana state and local authorities
- OHUG plans to work with all of our show partners, including the Hyatt New Orleans, to ensure the latest health safety protocols are in place as the situation evolves.
Experts are saying to be prudent and practice best-health recommendations that are similar to the prevention of the seasonal flu; public health authorities are not saying there should be restrictions on business or leisure travel anywhere in the United States. That’s a critically important point: there is no official guidance that travel plans in the U.S. should be curtailed or cancelled.
We are firmly committed to heeding the expert guidance of public health authorities and prepared to shift as the situation dictates, but absent any official notification that travel should be limited in any way, we encourage OHUG members to make their plans to attend the conference in June.
Safety Provisions at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans
The Hyatt Regency New Orleans has specific measures in place to include more frequent and in-depth cleaning in all public areas, restaurants, guestrooms, as well as the fitness center. Hand sanitizer stations have been added to elevator landings [both service and guestroom floors] and they have reinforced staff training on necessary protocols and guidelines on proper cleansing techniques.
Many of the best practices are standard operating procedures for Hyatt and include:
- Ecolab Chemicals for sanitation of guest rooms
- Changing of glove protocol by housekeepers to prevent cross contamination from bath and bedroom
- Active hand washing and glove use for food handlers
- Blood borne pathogen clean up protocols
- Water quality monitoring system administration
In addition, in the interest of all guests and colleagues, if a guest or colleague exhibits symptoms of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), it remains a high priority for the hotel to safely relocate these individuals to a place where they may receive appropriate medical attention.
We encourage our OHUG members to refer to the latest CDC guidance for all travel and health-related information. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and will share updates with OHUG conference attendees as they evolve. In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!
Here are some helpful links for the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO):
- Travel Guidance from the CDC
- Daily Situation Reports from the WHO
- Frequently Asked Questions from the CDC
- Prevention & treatment recommendations from the CDC
Statement from the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau: