The World Health Organization recently declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic. The impact on public health and the global economy is unmistakable as the virus continues to spread. The IPA remains committed to prioritizing the health and safety of all members, staff and any individual attending or speaking at our events.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last night issued guidance that Americans cancel or postpone gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks, or in other words, until May 10, 2020. Previous guidance was to cancel or postpone gatherings through the end of March. As a result of this latest directive, we will be postponing IPASummit and Capitol Hill Day 2020.
The IPA Board continues to closely monitor updates on COVID-19 from local and international health authorities and its potential impact on IPASummit and Capitol Hill Day. As this situation has evolved, the IPA’s leadership has been deliberately engaged to make the best decisions with confidence given the latest available information.
IPASummit and Capitol Hill Day remains a flagship event. We are committed to delivering a best-in-class, industry-leading event in the heart of our nation’s capital to advance critical issues impacting the IPA community. The IPA staff has been proactively preparing contingency plans in anticipation of this decision and we will be working with our board members, The Capital Hilton, and industry partners to finalize the details and will share more information about our plans in the coming weeks.
Those registrants who wish to cancel altogether will be given a full refund of their registration and sponsorships. If you have questions regarding the IPA’s refund policy, please contact Tracy Mesterharm at firstname.lastname@example.org or Angela Skipper at email@example.com.
Our prayers and thoughts remain with each of you, your families and all those impacted by this global pandemic. We as a community must continue to support and encourage each other, question everything we do in the light of current public health needs and engage in patience and self-care when anxiety and fear are understandable human responses. Eventually, this will pass, and we will emerge stronger from this experience.
President and CEO
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