The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) continues to closely monitor the outbreak of the respiratory disease COVID-19. As the organizer of FORUM 2020, our national conference scheduled to be held in Tacoma, Washington, July 22-26, 2020, and a provider of on-site training through our Commission Assistance Mentoring Program (CAMP), we wanted to offer an update on the status of these trainings and address concerns and possible impacts. Above all else, we prioritize the safety and welfare of our members, CAMP and FORUM attendees, CAMP trainers and staff. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and as we have all come to learn, changes dramatically day-by-day.
FORUM 2020 – Tacoma, Washington – July 22-26, 2020.
What we know so far:
- The greater Seattle-Tacoma area was one of the first centers of activity for COVID-19. While that activity has lessened, there continue to be new cases of the disease every day.
- On April 2, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee extended a stay-home order for the entire state through May 4. Only essential businesses and services like grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations may continue to remain open. All conventions, sporting events, concerts, social and cultural events are banned.
- Schools throughout the state have also now been closed for the remainder of the school year.
- A number of states and local governments have issued travel bans for their employees.
What we’re doing in response:
- Actively monitoring the updates and recommendations from the following organizations:
- S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- The Washington State Department of Health
- The City of Tacoma
- The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
- The Public Health Insider
- Communicating with our partners at the national, state and local levels
- Working closely with the planning team for our conference and venues
Given that FORUM is a little more than three months away, we are reviewing our cancellation policies and procedures to address the current climate. We’re also exploring alternative platforms and delivery methods in the event that the outbreak of COVID-19 continues through the spring and summer. The health and welfare of our attendees, speakers and partners is our highest priority.
NAPC is kicking off one of our busiest CAMP years to date. Similar to FORUM, we are monitoring the situation, but given the fact that CAMPs are held in individual communities across the country, decisions will be made on a case by case basis. We will follow similar criteria and planning methods as described above and NAPC staff will be communicating directly with CAMP hosts and trainers providing timely travel and training information.
Above all, we thank you for your continued understanding and patience as we monitor and adjust our plans in response to the circumstances. We couldn’t do what we do without your support.
Stay healthy and well,
The NAPC Board and Staff