Orange County Convention Center Presents Recovery and Resiliency Plans

June 4, 2020

As the country slowly opens back up for business, plans for safely restarting events are shaping up. Yesterday, June 3, Orange County Convention Center in Orlando presented its Recovery and Resiliency Plan to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force, focusing on its three-pronged strategy to safeguard clients, attendees and employees at events.

Developed in accordance with policy recommendations from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, Orange County Government, and state and federal mandates, the OCCC’s Recovery and Resiliency Plan relies on the best available data, science and research.

Following a three-pronged strategy, the OCCC will phase in modified operations by: 

1.  Implementing the OCCC’s Recovery and Resiliency Guidelines

Developed in consultation with Orange County’s Health Services Department, these data-driven guidelines aim to protect clients, guests and attendees, and provide a framework for business continuity at the OCCC.

2.  Pursuing the Global Biorisk Advisory Council’s (GBAC) Star Accreditation

Recognized as the gold standard of safe venues, GBAC STAR provides third-party validation to ensure the implementation of rigorous protocols in response to biorisk situations.

3.  Collaborating with a large established healthcare system in Central Florida

The OCCC will collaborate and partner with a local Central Florida healthcare system for expert guidance and on-site support in the form of temperature checks, screenings and telemedicine visits. 

“By providing a responsible, data-driven plan, [OCCC] is securing its future as a venue and as an economic driver for the destination and the industry,” said the venue’s Executive Director Mark Tester. “After weeks of extensive preparations, planning and training, the OCCC is excited to welcome back clients, attendees and our employees.”

The implementation of the OCCC’s three-pronged strategy follows the announcement of reopening dates for Central Florida’s three largest theme parks, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando and Walt Disney World.

Stay tuned for more positive reopening news from states to come.

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Partner Voices

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