March 12, 2020
From Cal Expo
Media Alert: Changes to Cal Expo Event Schedule
March 9, 2020
From California Department of Public Health
Mass Gatherings Guidance on Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19
GENERAL EMPLOYEE & ATTENDEE UPDATE
Flu Season and Coronavirus COVID-19
As part of the State’s response to address the global COVID-19 outbreak, Governor Gavin Newsom yesterday declared a State of Emergency to make additional resources available, formalize emergency actions already underway across multiple State agencies and departments, and help the State prepare for broader spread of COVID-19. The Governor’s proclamation comes as the number of positive California cases rises and following one official COVID-19 death.
As an employer and a major event facility, Cal Expo is prudently monitoring and reviewing information related to flu season and COVID-19. As we prepare for the growing number of events at the State’s fairgrounds, please know we remain in communication with our State’s leadership, as well as with our partners at leading organizations in the international festivals, fairs and event management business. Additionally, we have been working to share related information with our employees, event promoters and business partners.
This week the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued an interim guidance document concerning mass gatherings and large public events. To date this is the leading guidance to which all local and state health authorities have been directed.
CDC stresses that it is critical to keep solid lines of communication in place at all levels; encourage all persons to practice good personal health habits; and to promote everyday preventive actions to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, which includes:
– Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
– Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
– Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
– Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.
To further enhance education and protection, Cal Expo is:
– Adding additional handwashing stations.
– Making alcohol hand sanitizers and tissues available at select locations, while supplies last.
– Posting signage encouraging employees and patrons to wash their hands.
– Enhancing the janitorial cleaning schedule for select facilities where appropriate.
– Encouraging persons who feel unwell (i.e. fever, cough, respiratory problems) to stay home (employees and event patrons.)
As we navigate through the coming days and weeks, should you have questions, concerns, please feel free to submit your thoughts to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 263-3000 and we will respond as soon as possible.