AME Toronto 2020 will be open for business in October. In addition to the already-announced program, we'll be unveiling more keynotes, workshops, practitioner presentations, and tour sites throughout the spring and summer.
We know, of course, that concern about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and related company travel policies are weighing on our members’ minds as they consider registering for the conference. AME is committed to providing a safe learning environment at the 36th annual AME International Conference. We have been in close contact with Tourism Toronto, our host hotels, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and other partners, and we will continue to monitor COVID-19.
For its part, the Public Health Agency of Canada is leading the county's response to COVID-19, in partnership with local public health authorities including Toronto Public Health and Ontario’s chief medical officer. These authorities are providing frequent updates. While there have been isolated cases of COVID-19 in Canada, they advise that the risk to public health in Canada remains low.
Procedures are in place to screen international passengers arriving at Toronto Pearson Airport to help prevent the introduction of further cases and ensure Toronto remains a safe environment. Meanwhile, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not identified an elevated risk in Canada and is not advising American travelers to alter their travel plans to Canada.
Beyond this, we’d like to share what our conference venue and host hotels are doing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
The convention centre has increased preventative measures in place, including:
• The cleaning services team has increased the disinfection of commonly used surfaces, including escalator handrails and door handles.
• Extra hand sanitizing stations have also been placed throughout the centre to encourage everyone to disinfect their hands more frequently.
• Signs encouraging proper hygiene inside washrooms have been posted.
• Employees have been reminded to take increased measures to reduce the risk of transmission of the flu and respiratory illness, and to stay at home if they are sick.
Our host hotels are taking steps to reduce risks. The InterContinental Toronto Centre reports that they are complying with recommended health standards and upgrading the corresponding health and epidemic prevention measures. The hotel is prepared on preventive measures to minimize the risk, as well as the actions to take in the event of an occurrence at the hotel. Key hotel personnel have also undergone training to provide immediate assistance that may be required.
On top of regular daily and nightly cleaning procedures, the following steps have been put in place as further precautions:
• Additional hand sanitizer stations have been added to public areas.
• Hotel night cleaners are using an industrial-strength disinfectant that is commonly used in hospitals.
• Hotel employees have immediate access to disinfectant wipes and are thoroughly and regularly cleaning their immediate areas
• The housekeeping team is concentrating on common points of contact such as elevators, escalators, door handles, etc.
Likewise, at the Fairmont Royal York, all employees have the necessary equipment and information to minimize the risk of any illness spreading on property.
Of course, AME will monitor any new developments as the situation continues to evolve. This includes working with Tourism Toronto, our venues and partners, and other pertinent agencies.
In the meantime, we encourage you to visit the following websites for the most current information and updates:
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Government of Canada Travel Advice and Advisory
- Government of Canada – FAQs
- Ontario Ministry of Health
We look forward to welcoming you at AME Toronto 2020!