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ACUPA 2020 Updates Regarding the Conference

ACUPA Continues to Monitor the Coronavirus

Last Updated April 1, 2020

ACUPA’s Board of Directors held its regularly scheduled meeting last week. The most pressing topic discussed was the upcoming ACUPA conference scheduled for June 8-10, 2020 at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca, Ill.

As the situation surrounding the coronavirus and COVID-19 continues to evolve and intensify, it also brings with it more and more uncertainty as to what life and work will look like in four weeks let alone two months. We see the notifications and hear from colleagues about remote work, travel restrictions and shelter in place orders. From a planning and financial perspective, we understand your need to know what lies in store for this year’s conference. Consequently, the Board has charged the Events Planning Committee and Education Committee to review options and bring forth a recommendation to the Board by April 20. Our plan is to provide a conference status to all of you no later than April 30. 

Thank you for your patience as we continue to monitor and evaluate the situation surrounding COVID-19 and its impact on our annual educational and networking event. While we would be disappointed to not have an opportunity to meet with many of you in person in Chicago, your health and safety is our primary focus and there are online alternatives for sharing these educational opportunities.

March 11, 2020

We, the Board of ACUPA, are pleased to share that registration has been going strong for the upcoming ACUPA conference, scheduled for June 8-10, 2020, at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca, Ill. The line-up of sessions and presenters is very exciting, and we hope to surpass the attendance record from last year's conference

There are currently no plans to postpone or cancel the conference. However, due to the rising concerns and cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19), ACUPA will continue to review CDC updates, travel advice, venue communications and official recommendations from local authorities so that we're able to assess the potential impact on the conference and our participants.

Should there be a change to our current plans (e.g., venue operating status or conference logistics), the Board will notify all registered conference attendees and ACUPA members immediately. The Board will be discussing alternatives to an in-person conference, should the need arise, as well as reviewing the conference refund policy.

We appreciate your understanding of the fluidity of the situation. Another status report from the Board will be sent out in the near future.

For the most up-to-date information regarding the virus, please refer to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization websites. Marriott, the conference venue’s parent company, also has COVID-19 travel information available on its website.

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