Washington DC is joining the list of countries strengthening the steps taken against the spreading of communicable diseases. Events DC is guided by the latest advisories and recommendations from the District of Columbia Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO).
At the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, such steps include an updated facility operations policy to reflect a proactive approach to housekeeping, sanitation, hygiene and food handling, continually educating staff in these areas and providing a ServeSafe-certified food environmentalist. The Center is increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting all frequently touched surfaces, such as escalator and stair handrails and elevator buttons and is doubling the number of hand sanitizer stations. Conspicuously placed “Cover Your Cough” signage is placed throughout the facility and in all restrooms. Increased frequency of HVAC system filter changing and testing of HVAC water treatment monitoring to prevent the transmission of airborne diseases is also in place. Finally, employees are educated on how to recognize the symptoms of flu and to act responsibly if they detect or exhibit flu symptoms.
Events DC’s Public Safety Team can provide a briefing to include a summary of their Emergency Response Plan and sanitation practices before or after a group’s pre-con meeting. Additionally, a private briefing to the group’s leadership can be provided if requested.