Hurricane Ida Update, September 17, 2021
PMA announced it will be unable to put on Fresh Summit due the impacts of Hurricane Ida and Tropical Storm Nicholas. We are working with our stakeholders, including exhibitors, vendors and registered attendees to provide guidance through next steps; however, we have also provided some answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
Updates will be made as necessary.
Hurricane Ida Update, September 9, 2021We are currently assessing the conditions in New Orleans and any potential impacts on the critical infrastructure in the city and surrounding area. We appreciate your patience as we gather information and we hope to provide another update by the end of next week.
As always, the safety of our attendees, staff and the teams that help us deliver the event is our highest priority – as is delivering an experience that delivers exceptional value for our industry. These are both front of mind as we consider plans for Fresh Summit in October.
Our thoughts continue to be with the millions of people who have been impacted by this historic storm.
Hurricane Ida Update, August 31, 2021
We have been closely tracking the impact of Hurricane Ida on the city of New Orleans, the surrounding area and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Right now, our primary concern is for the safety of residents as they assess the damage and clean up from the storm. We are continuously monitoring the situation and are happy to share that the team at the convention center are all safe and accounted for, and damage to the building is limited.
If you or your organization would like to learn more about how to help those affected by the storm, you can find out more at Red Cross’s relief page. We also know in our industry that good, healthy food can be medicine, and you may consider contributing to Chef José Andrés’ organization “ World Central Kitchen,” who are on the ground providing fresh meals to residents and relief workers.
We can’t wait to get back together in person in New Orleans this October. Creating a healthy and COVID-appropriate environment for all guests, staff and vendors attending our event is of utmost importance to PMA. We are working closely with health, government, facility and other authorities to meet and exceed public health and safety protocols.
Conditions are evolving, and we are monitoring local and federal resources on a daily basis to inform our onsite practices and procedures.
The following information is based on current facility and local guidelines and may not reflect the requirements or recommendations that will be in place in October 2021.
You can also keep up to date with the
most recent updates for the local area.
While facility/local guidelines currently do not include a social distancing requirement, PMA is implementing the following:
General sessions, meeting rooms and other higher traffic areas will be set to allow for optimal personal spacing.
The expo floor layout features increased aisle space and will follow crowd density calculations that ensure enough overall space for all guests to be 6’ apart.
In-booth spacing shall be determined by exhibitors based on their comfort level; note that industry guidelines recommend no more than 3 people occupy each 100 square feet of space.
Personal Protective Equipment
Safety protocols regarding masks or other Personal Protective Equipment will be finalized closer to the event date and will support facility, local and national public health guidelines and recommendations.
Plexiglass shields will be installed at the registration counters and other service desks.
Up-to-date information on the current requirements in New Orleans
Cleaning and Sanitizing
The frequency of cleaning and sanitizing will remain increased in all public spaces with an emphasis on frequent contact surfaces including countertops, escalators, elevators, elevator buttons, door handles, public bathrooms, stair and escalator handrails, dining surfaces, and all seating areas and tables.
Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the event. These touchless sanitizer dispensers will be placed at key contact areas such as reception areas, entrances, stairs, elevators and escalators in public spaces.
Exhibitors serving/preparing samples should have hand washing stations in the booth and regularly clean tables/surfaces
Food and Beverage
Service will continue to be provided in a minimal contact manner.
In-booth cooking/food preparation is permitted behind a plexiglass shield. Anyone serving or preparing samples will need to wear a mask and gloves. Self-serve is highly discouraged.
Exhibitors are encouraged but not required to prepackage samples or place them in a sealed container so attendees can safely transport it.
View booth sampling regulations. Current convention center policies require that a mask be worn at all times except when actively eating or drinking.
Other Local Guidelines
The hotels and conference center have their own stringent cleaning/disinfection services, rules about guest conduct in public spaces, and revised access to amenities and services. You can find up-to-date specifics for your hotel directly on their individual website.