The Specialty Coffee Association says its upcoming events in the US, Europe and elsewhere are to proceed as planned.
In a statement published in early March 2002, the SCA said it is carefully monitoring developments related to the Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak to understand its potential impact.
“As each event approaches, we have set up a task force that meets daily to discuss the latest developments and the inquiries coming in from the community to help us to determine the safest course of action.
“Our decisions and actions continue to be informed by local and global health authorities. We have created a page on our website with health information and answers to frequently asked questions, which we update on a regular basis as the situation evolves.
“We are working with our partners at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, the Melbourne International Coffee Expo, and PTAK Warsaw Expo as well as with local government and health authorities to incorporate improved safety precautions.”
• The use of a modified cupping protocol at the Specialty Coffee Expo and World of Coffee events developed to reduce the chances of cross-contamination.
• The availability of hand sanitizer stands, placed throughout the venues, at entrances, and in public spaces.
• Clearly identified health information and first-aid points.
• Regular disinfection of work surfaces.
• An awareness campaign detailing health and safety precautions to be shared on our mobile app, in our show guides, and on signage around the venues.
“We recommend that all on-site attendees, staff, and volunteers, follow World Health Organization recommendations around health and hygiene, including: washing your hands, or applying hand-disinfection products available around the venues, frequently; avoiding close personal contact or greetings like hugging, kissing, and handshakes; when feeling the urge to cough or sneeze, cover your face with the inside of your elbow; using paper handkerchiefs and promptly disposing of them; avoiding close contact with anyone showing signs of illness.