AAFAME is following guidance from local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding large gatherings, including CDC recommendations on preventing the spread of COVID-19. The Palmer Event Center has gone to great lengths to provide a safe venue and has achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation, the gold standard for prepared facilities.
At this time, the AAFAME Vendor EXPO will take place as planned. However, if you are sick or feeling you are getting sick, we ask that you please stay home. Currently, older adults and persons with underlying health conditions are considered to be at increased risk of severe illness and complications from COVID-19. Examples of underlying health conditions include heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, people with weakened immune systems, and people who are pregnant. The CDC recommends that people in high-risk groups consult with their healthcare provider about attending any large gathering.
If you do choose to attend the AAFAME Vendor EXPO, please keep in mind the CDC recommendations on how to keep yourself and others healthy:
- AAFAME will require all attendees & vendors wear masks before, during and after the show.
- Wear your mask as per the CDC Guidelines.
- Temperature checks (body scanner) will be taken before entering facility.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. Hand sanitizer stations will be set up onsite.
- Maintain 6 foot distancing at all times.
Other important guidelines to follow for safety:
- Separate entrance & exit to avoid crossing path with other attendees.
- Follow directional signs to minimize crossing paths with other attendees.
- Only 6 attendees per booth are allowed at one time.
- Paramedic onsite to be available for triage any individual who falls or exhibits signs of illness.
- Box lunches will be served to minimize the point of contact with servers and staff. Tables will be provided for eating with social distancing signs to avoid crowding.
The Palmer Events Center is in close contact with Austin Public Health (APH) who is monitoring the situation in coordination with Texas Department of State Health Services, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), local and regional public health and healthcare agencies.
For detailed information on how the Palmer Events Center is responding to COVID-19, please view their Client Resource and Safety Action Plan and Catering Team’s Informational Guide for Event Planners.