OU EDI in Austin scheduled for May 2-7, 2020, has been postponed. Details will be communicated to attendees as soon as they are available.
The OU Economic Development Institute conference scheduled to take place on May 2-7 in Austin, Texas, has been postponed. The OU College of Professional and Continuing Studies, home of the OU-EDI event, is continuing to monitor developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease outbreak. We shall continue to watch the situation and update conference participants. We are working with the host hotel, The Omni Austin Downtown, to make sure that health precautions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are followed.
Here is a statement from the Omni:
As a hotel, we are focused on the health and safety of our guests, as this is our number one priority. We are following corporate-wide guidelines that address safety and cleanliness throughout the property based on CDC/EPA regulations.
We have ensured all products are in compliance and will prevent any potential spread of the virus. We have added additional sanitizing stations throughout the property, as well as added extra staff to routinely clean handrails, door knobs, elevator buttons, etc. Our housekeeping team is taking extra precautions in the guestrooms, as well, to deep clean after every stay.
Statement from the executive team at Visit Austin (March 10, 2020):
Travelers to Austin can be assured the city continues to be open for business. The Austin hospitality community is ready to welcome and serve convention attendees, visitors, and guests. There are no travel restrictions or advisories in the domestic U.S., which includes the State of Texas and Austin. However, the city is focused on mitigation strategies to protect the community and our visitors as it relates to events being held in the next few months. The city has released guidelines for planners and organizers of events to more proactively increase preventative measures and require mitigation plans for events in the region. This only applies to mass gatherings of 2,500 people or more.Events with less than 2,500 people should proceed as normal. For additional information, please visit http://www.austintexas.gov/COVID19.