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Find our regular updates in response to the changing situation regarding COVID-19 below. Please contact us with any questions at

Ruth Seyler
Meetings & Advocacy Director

Eryl Wentworth
Executive Director

48th Annual Meeting and COVID-19

MARCH 18, 2020

As promised in our email of March 16th, below is the link to take the short survey on the possibility of rescheduling the AIC Annual Meeting to August 31–September 4. I realize that many of us may find it difficult to imagine what things will be like at the end of August. Please take the survey with the thought that by the end of August, the COVID-19 situation would have greatly improved.


Please read the below message before taking the survey. Thank you for sharing your opinion with us. It would be most helpful if you could take the survey by Friday, March 20th.

MARCH 16, 2020

Our thoughts are with every member of the AIC community during these unprecedented times. We understand that everyone is facing challenges both at home and work due to COVID-19, and we wish you all to remain safe.

As promised, we wanted to give you an update regarding our 2020 Annual Meeting, currently scheduled for May 19-23. For the past two weeks, we have been in discussion with our venues, including Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek, Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Center, in Salt Lake City regarding the feasibility of holding the AIC Annual Meeting during May.

One of the issues we face is that our meeting is two months away. In the opinion of our meeting venues, this leaves open the possibility that the Annual Meeting could still be held in May. We do not yet know the effect on our venues of the new CDC recommendation of not holding gatherings of more than 50 people between now and May 10th.

Penalties for AIC cancelling the conference without proper cause top $500,000. This means that we must take the time to work through our differences with our venues and to seek legal advice before making formal decisions.

One option under consideration with our venues is rescheduling the 2020 Annual Meeting to August 31st through September 4th, 2020. The location would remain the same. In the next couple of days, we will be sending out a short survey to learn your opinions regarding the potential reschedule dates.

As you know, the situation changes daily, if not hourly. Currently and as of today, the Salt Palace Convention Center is closed until March 31st. We continue to research the situation, talk with our venues in Salt Lake City, and explore options, including rescheduling and online offerings.

No doubt, conversations with our SLC contractual representatives and our legal counsel will be complex and, possibly, protracted. Our goal is to have a resolution by March 31st.

Please plan to take our survey even if you are not currently registered for the 2020 Annual Meeting. The survey, to be sent this week, will remain open until March 25th, but the sooner you can provide us with your opinion, the faster we can act.

Thank you all for your understanding in these difficult times.

March 11, 2020

Given the rapidly evolving circumstances surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we want to be sure you know that, as we continue to monitor the situation, the health and safety of our members is our primary concern. The challenge we face is that our 48th Annual Meeting is more than two months away, and it is difficult to know now what we will be facing in two months.

We are in the process of coordinating with our annual meeting venues and partners, as well as keeping abreast of CDC, WHO, and the Utah Department of Health guidelines and recommendations, in order to make an informed and rational decision regarding the 48th AIC Annual Meeting. We promise to keep you updated on a regular basis.

March 2, 2020

As the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus captures the headlines, we realize that some of you may be wondering if COVID-19 will have an impact on AIC's 48th Annual Meeting to be held in Salt Lake City, May 19-23.

AIC is closely monitoring the situation and is and will continue to follow recommendations by public health authorities in order to hold a safe and productive annual meeting. We are currently planning to implement additional hygiene procedures at the meeting, including disinfecting microphones between speakers, making hand sanitizers readily available, and discouraging handshaking. We will work with the Salt Palace Convention and our hotel partners to adjust these measures closer to the time of the meeting, based on the best information available, and we will provide updates as needed.

With the information available to us today, we feel confident that we can and will hold our 48th Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City as planned. Salt Lake City continues to remain open for business and is hosting group meetings as you read this.

We look forward to welcoming you to Salt Lake City this May.