By Mark Herrera
The International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) —representing thousands of venue managers and partner companies in stadiums, convention centers, performing arts centers, arenas, amphitheaters, stadiums and other public assembly venues continues to monitor the developments of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on Commercial Facilities (Venues) of all types. We are gathering information in order to understand the extent of its impact, learn more about the virus, and make recommended precautions. We remain committed through IAVM and the Department of Homeland Security Sub-Sector Coordinating Council to keep everyone informed because your health and safety is our top concern.
It is also important to use this event as an opportunity to learn and grow as a community and collectively share all best practices pertaining to the coronavirus. When our community faces a health issue, natural disaster, or other emergency, we have a meaningful opportunity to reflect on how we collectively manage through these occurrences as we continue to strive for resilience in our efforts.
We encourage everyone in our community to treat each other with compassion, respect, and openness. This is especially true when dealing with an issue like the coronavirus. We are currently working with the CDC, our Governmental Agency, U.S. Travel, and the American Red cross to continue to seek updates and share information with all of our members and other organizations as we receive them. The CDC landing page for Coronavirus (link below) has additional information, to include the attached posters and websites with updated information.
World Health Organization (WHO)
We will work hard to make sure that all venues are well prepared to address every issue concerning the safety and security of our patrons. We are here to serve each and everyone of you and your respective teams. Feel free to contact me or any of the IAVM Staff for any assistance as we continue to receive and share updated information on the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Mark Herrera is Director of Education/Life-Safety for IAVM.