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COVID-19: The Coronavirus

What CSAE Is Doing

CSAE Event Status

Due to the recently announced temporary suspensions of dine-in restaurants, gyms, theaters, clubs, casinos, and more, effective immediately and a ban on gatherings, effective immediately, of 50 people or more, as well as keeping the safety of our members in the forefront, the following 3 CSAE events have been postponed or cancelled:

March 23, Mix-It-Up Monday, Fort Collins (Postponed)
April 2, Lunch With Leaders (Cancelled)
April 27 Mix-It-Up Monday, Colorado Springs (Postponed)

Mix-It-Up Events

The March 23 Mix-It-Up in Fort Collins and April 27 Mix-It-Up in Colorado Springs have been postponed until a later date.

Lunch with Leaders

Currently, only the April 2 Lunch With Leaders has been cancelled.  The following safety precautions are being added to our monthly Lunch With Leaders events:

  • We will request host facilities to submit a list of their virus safety measures as it relates to our guests visiting and eating at their venue. These will be published at registration check in and along with registration information.
  • Everyone will be asked to use an abundance of good sense and caution and keep a positive attitude.
  • We will work with the facility to ensure adequate spacing between attendees.
  • We will provide hand sanitizer and tissues to all participants.
  • We will provide 100 percent refund to anyone who cannot come due to illness, travel restrictions, or related issues.
  • We will work with facilities to assure that all surfaces are disinfected including seating and shared space (including door handles, projector remotes, etc.).

New Virtual Events

March 25, 2020, Tea Time With Your Peers: Working From Home

A Zoom video discussion with Marilee Yorchak, CAE, Executive Director, Digital Analytics Association, and Michael Brandt, CBC, President, Marketing Resources Ltd., who have 30 years experience in the home office environment, as well as Bryan Cook, Chapter Operations Director for Associated General Contractors of Colorado who is just facing his first time working from home. Register.

March 26, 2020, Webinar Dealing With COVID-19 Issues

Managing Your Funds When Cash Runs Low, Shannon Stone, AMG National Trust
Upcoming and Current Hotel Contracts, Cara Lawrence, JD, Tierney, Lawrence LLC

Ongoing On-line  Learning

Remember, too, the other on-line learning webinars available through CSAE remain available. You can still keep you and your staff up-to-date on what’s new in the association industry.

Annual Conference

Members should register by March 31 to get the conference early bird.  If you are sick, a full refund will be given. If you have traveled to a restricted area and have concerns you can obtain a full refund.


Chairs are encouraged to meet virtually – not in person.


Here’s Help for Tackling COVID-19


CSAE, like the general public, is concerned about the growing spread of COVID-19 and the impact it will have in the US and Colorado. For those of us in the association meeting and events industry, there are numerous issues to consider and be prepared for. We are committed to sharing vital information and updates on how the coronavirus is impacting the association and meetings community.

There’s a lot of information out there, some good, some not so good. We’ve tried to sort through some of it that we have become aware of and are sharing it below. Please keep in mind that this information is not necessarily endorsed by CSAE.

On February 19, ASAE held a community conversation features a panel of association industry experts discussing the impact of COVID-19 on associations, including the current incidence of the virus worldwide, key steps to take to mitigate losses with hotel and vendor contracts and other legal considerations, and insurance options if events or trade shows must be cancelled or attendance is greatly diminished. You can still view the webinar or download the slides.


Denver Department of Public Health & Environment COVID-19 Information

Issue Roundup: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) News and listing of other resources on the ASAE website.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: CDC’s resource page includes what you should know about the virus, situation updates, and information for travelers, businesses, and others.

Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 Travel Information: Includes information and FAQs about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for travelers and travel related industries.

U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs: This COVID-19 emergency notification includes information on travel advisories, safe travel tips, and emergency contact information for citizens in China.

World Health Organization: Key Planning Recommendations for Mass Gatherings in the Context of the Current COVID-19 Outbreak. This guide provides recommendations for risk assessment, connecting with local authorities in the event location, and specific action plans for COVID-19 disease, among other topics.

State of Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment COVID-19 Information: Statistical information and an overview of tips.

National Environmental Health Association: Website compiles information and resources to help you stay informed.

B-4.104 Policy Directives for Commercial Insurance Market Coverage of COVID-19 Claims, Colorado Department of Regulatory Affairs


Guide for Community Mitigation Strategies, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Steps to Prevent Illness: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Webinar: COVID-19, What your Nonprofit Needs to Know, Venable

Meetings Mean Business Coalition: MMB’s Toolkit of Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Resources is tailored specifically for meeting and event professionals. It includes talking points, templates, and “fast facts” graphics that can be shared in social media.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: The Chamber’s Understanding the Coronavirus webinar, recorded on January 27 in partnership with CDC, discusses the impact of the virus on the private sector and what businesses should consider as they respond.

Lead Your Business Through the Coronavirus Crisis: Harvard Business Review presents 12 lessons for responding to unfolding events, communicating, and extracting and applying learnings.


Meetings Mean Business Coalition: MMB’s Toolkit of Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Resources is tailored specifically for meeting and event professionals. It includes talking points, templates, and “fast facts” graphics that can be shared in social media.

Coronavirus Risk Management Tips for Meetings and Events: Suggested key actions for meeting and events planning teams from Meetings Today.