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SCA ‘IN LIMBO’ OVER NEXT MONTH’S SPECIALTY COFFEE EXPO

SCA ‘IN LIMBO’ OVER NEXT MONTH’S SPECIALTY COFFEE EXPO



Despite recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that all mass events scheduled for the next eight weeks be cancelled, the state of Oregon has reiterated orders that cancel events only until 14 April 2020, leaving the SCA and its business partners in the city of Portland ‘in legal limbo.’  

In a video message, Yannis Apostolopoulos, Chief Executive Officer of the SCA (shown here) responded to questions from industry about why the SCA hasn’t simply cancelled the event.

He said the SCA has engaged in discussions with all of its partners in Portland ‘for many weeks.’

“I want to assure all of our members, exhibitors, and attendees, that the SCA will do everything we can to protect the health and safety of our attendees and the investments you’ve made into participating at Re:co and Expo,” he said.

“We continue our conversations with our partners at the Oregon Convention Center and Travel Portland to review options for postponing the Re:co Symposium and the Specialty Coffee Expo.”

He explained that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that all events with 50 or more people scheduled for the next eight weeks should be postponed. “This recommendation from the CDC may provide the legal basis that we and the many businesses we work with need to postpone the events with the least legal exposure to everyone involved,” said Mr Apostolopoulos .

“However, despite the CDC’s recommendations, the State of Oregon has issued orders that only cancel events until April 14, which would leave the SCA, the convention center, our exhibitors, hotels, and the dozens of other businesses who make Expo possible every year in legal limbo with contradictory directions from the federal and state governments.

“Given our contractual obligations to the venue and our business partners in the city of Portland, if the SCA were to cancel the Expo event on our own, without a clear government directive that applies to all of the circumstances of the event, there may be serious legal consequences for our non-profit organization.”Recent press reports suggest that coronavirus test shortages are seriously undermining Oregon’s response to coronavirus.

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