March 4, 2020

ACAMS is closely monitoring the Novel Coronavirus situation, and following the guidance of the World Health Organization (WHO) and that of national administration and public health bodies.  We are taking proactive steps including increased facility-wide cleaning and disinfecting, as detailed below to help reduce health risks at our events. We encourage participants to monitor and follow the WHO’s Travel Advice as they make their way to this event. Our sympathy goes out to all those people affected by this virus globally, both directly and indirectly.

ACAMS is:

  • Carefully following the guidance of the World Health Organization (WHO) and adhering to local jurisdictions travel restrictions or bans.
  • Communicating with area hotels about their cleaning protocols and recommending they review the WHO guidance.
  • Recommending a ‘no-hand shake’ policy
  • Requesting that all participants evaluate their own health and that of people they are in close contact with, and to contact ACAMS if they have concerns about attending the event.
  • Encouraging participants to follow the guidance of the WHO for everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. This includes:
    • Wash hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
    • Stay home if unwell.
    • Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the waste disposal receptacle
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Additional Safety measures to be implemented at all ACAMS events:

  • The venues are expanding their cleaning and disinfecting protocol to include:
    • Frequent wipe downs of all common touch areas each day including door handles, lecterns, microphones, escalator hand rails, waste disposal receptacles, elevator buttons, water stations, registration tables and in and around the washroom areas.
    • An increase in hand sanitizer stations throughout the venue for public use.
  • Disinfecting registration counters and floors continuously throughout the day.
  • Offering disinfectant wipes at all check-in counters, in each session room for the speaker computers and microphones.