The spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus has impacted major upcoming space gatherings.

In a statement from the Space Foundation regarding its 36th Space Symposium to be held March 30th – April 2nd, 2020 at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, plans are continuing to move forward but the organization is continually monitoring all of the reporting from the recognized and authoritative sources concerning the virus spread.

“With thousands gathering from the civil, military, commercial and international space communities, the safety, security and success of each and every Symposium attendee, exhibitor, presenter and guest is always priority,” a Space Foundation statement noted.

Safeguard everyone

“We also know that federal, state and local leaders and public health providers are working together and sharing guidance to safeguard everyone from exposure to the virus. The Space Foundation encourages all of its attendees, exhibitors, presenters and guests to continue to follow the prescribed guidance of these authorities as well as the CDC’s healthy habits to prevent cold/flu,” the Space Foundation explains.

“As the 36th Space Symposium approaches, the Space Foundation will be continually working with The Broadmoor, as well as all of our vendors, staff, and volunteers to take appropriate measures to make sure your time with us is safe and successful. When and if additional guidance is provided, we will share further updates as warranted,” the statement adds.

Health and safety

Similarly, the 51st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) that’s being held in the Woodland, Texas March 16–20 has underscored the virus issue.

“As we prepare for the conference, we are confident that this year’s LPSC will be a complete success. However, we want to address how the coronavirus (COVID-19) may impact the conference. The health and safety of all attendees and exhibitors are paramount. The LPSC management team is working closely with the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center to take all feasible precautionary measures that might reduce potential health risks at the conference.”

According to the LPSC statement, the organization continues to follow the guidance of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

“At their websites, you will find regular updates about the virus and information about protective measures you can take. Both organizations advise that washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub can eliminate the virus if it is on your hands.”

While the LPSC management team noted they are always providing hand sanitizer for its attendees, “we will increase its availability throughout the meeting areas. Both the WHO and CDC also offer information about other healthy and protective practices. We encourage all attendees to visit these websites and remain informed on protective measures.”

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In addition, the 2020 American Physical Society (APS) March 2-6 meeting has been canceled.

“Due to rapidly escalating health concerns relating to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the 2020 APS March Meeting in Denver, CO, has been canceled. Please do not travel to Denver to attend the March Meeting.”






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