Updated: Jul 15
See formal announcement, below. Decision made due to Florida health advisories
June 23, 2020
APCO 2020 Has Been Canceled
Dear APCO Member and Supporter:
I write to you today on behalf of the APCO International Executive Committee, Board of Directors and APCO staff to announce that we have made the very difficult decision to cancel APCO 2020.
Since I wrote to you last week announcing that we were moving forward with conference, several developments occurred, which culminated in a recommendation to the Board of Directors that we cancel conference and their subsequent unanimous approval on Monday, June 22, to proceed forward with cancellation. This past Thursday, June 18, the Mayor of Orange County, Florida, issued an Executive Order requiring the mandatory wearing of face masks effective on Saturday, June 20. On Saturday, Florida reported 4,049 new COVID-19 cases setting a record high since the pandemic began. Lastly, on Saturday, the Florida Department of Health issued a new Advisory where it recommended that persons not attend events in the state where 50 or more people would be gathered. With these new developments occurring over the past weekend, we decided that the prudent thing to do, to the disappointment of many, is to cancel our event.
For those of you who have already registered to attend APCO 2020, we will soon be issuing you a full refund of your registration fees. We will also announce plans to meet our annual governance requirements for those affected. Please check the APCO 2020 website for additional information regarding the cancellation.
APCO appreciates your devotion and support of the association and public safety communications community. We look forward to seeing you in San Antonio, Texas, August 15-18, 2021, where we will once again produce the high-quality education, speakers, networking and social events that you have come to expect from APCO. Planning is already underway for APCO 2021 in San Antonio. See you there....
Derek K. Poarch Executive Director & CEO APCO International
June 1, 2020
Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World Reopening
With APCO 2020, APCO's Annual Conference & Expo, taking place August 2-5, 2020 in Orlando, Florida we are pleased to announce that both Universal Orlando Resort and Walt Disney World have made plans to reopen.
Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay will welcome guests beginning June 5. The reopening comes with new health, safety and hygiene procedures in place and visitors will need to follow CDC guidelines and the recommendations of health officials, and Universal Orlando’s policies. For more information visit Universal Orlando Resort's Operations Update and Reopening FAQs.
Walt Disney World theme parks will open beginning July 11 for Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom followed by EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15. Disney Springs has already begun to reopen. Enhanced health and safety measures will be in place and visitors will be required to follow all posted instructions while visiting Walt Disney World Resort. For more information on the reopen.
APCO is also working diligently to keep you safe and is implementing measures designed to give you the APCO conference experience while keeping you healthy and well in Orlando. Please note that these safety measures will be updated based on current CDC recommendations and the Orange County government, state and federal mandates. View APCO's COVID-19 response.
In the unlikely event we cancel the conference due to COVID-19, your attendee registration fees will be refunded in full. Exhibitors will be contacted separately with options.
If you have any questions about the event, please contact the APCO Events Department at (386) 322-2500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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