The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) has been closely monitoring 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 is the center of a cluster of activity and increasing number of positive cases of COVID-19.
- On March 11, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee instituted a ban on gatherings of more than 250 people for King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties until March 31, 2020; Tacoma is located in Pierce County. This will apply to gatherings such as conventions, baseball games, concerts, social and cultural events
- Some other states and local governments have issued or are looking at instituting temporary travel bans on state employees.
What we’re doing in response:
- Actively monitoring the updates and recommendations from the following organizations:
- Communicating with our partners at the national, state and local levels
- Working closely with the planning team for our conference and venues
Given the fact that FORUM is more than four months away, we are moving forward as planned with the expectation of an on-site conference. We hope that you will continue to keep FORUM on your calendars and travel plans in the event that the outbreak is curtailed, and we can enjoy each other’s company and exchange ideas in Tacoma as planned.
Of course, there are many unknowns in this uncharted territory for all of us, so 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