The Household and Commercial Products Association (HCPA) has decided to turn its mid-year meeting into a virtual webinar series, in light of the recent Covid-19 or coronavirus outbreak.
The event, which was due to take place from 21-24 April in Washington D.C. will now be online to ensure the safety of staff and attendees. Alexandra Hayes, director of communications and program development at the HCPA, said: "Nothing is more important to our industry than safety. It has become abundantly clear that cancelling the in-person aspects of this meeting was the right course of action to take in order to protect the health and safety of our members, vendors, staff and the local DC community.
"This decision reflects guidance from health officials, the HCPA board of directors, our legal counsel and with the total support of The Mayflower Hotel, for which we are very grateful.
"While we always look forward to this event, we were in an extremely difficult position and this was the right choice for myriad reasons. We plan to offer components of the meeting virtually, and I'll forward an updated schedule as programmes and speakers are confirmed."
The HCPA will be updating its events page regularly to provide more information on the virtual event.