* Please, note that the 2020 European Mentoring Summit has finally been rescheduled due to the situation with the coronavirus. Read all you need to know about the new dates here: https://mentoringsummit.eu/2020-european-mentoring-summit-postponed-to-7th-9th-of-october-2020/
Our organization is continuously monitoring the Coronavirus and we are adopting measures to minimize any potential implications that it may have on the European Mentoring Summit 2020.
We have a full program with more than 39 workshops and 9 Keynote Speakers, and Summit registrations are abundant, being slightly ahead of the European Mentoring Summit 2018 edition numbers, which were the largest to date. The Summit’s staff in Barcelona is enthusiastically working against the clock to have everything ready for the Summit. We are all excited and looking forward to seeing you there.
European Mentoring Summit and the COVID-19 Virus Update – 4th March 2020
While the situation remains dynamic, to this date, the World Health Organization, the USA’s Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the Spanish Health Ministry all confirm that there is no reason to defer travel to Spain. Since the outbreak of the virus, approximately two months ago, there have been numerous international meetings held in Europe and Spain in particular.
Spain, and especially Barcelona, is currently perceived as being a safe location to be during this viral outbreak. Compared to other regions in Spain, Catalonia has fewer cases of coronavirus, all of them from people who have travelled to at-risk zones, and the virus outbreak is being successfully controlled, with no local cases reported. Nonetheless, the European Mentoring Summit is taking prudent actions to address concerns about the virus by providing accurate disinfection of public surfaces touched by hands, such as doorknobs, counters, tablets, etc., and adding hand sanitary dispensers throughout the venue.
We continue to monitor the situation closely, reviewing daily updates from WHO, CDC, and Spanish and Catalan Health Authorities. Upon review of their guidance, we will adjust our response as needed and alert all attendees via email and the Summit’s website.
The European Mentoring Summit management, partners, and vendors are monitoring the ongoing developments and continue to follow guidance from health organisations and expert recommendations. We are fully committed to taking appropriate precautions to provide a safe and healthy environment for attendees.
European Mentoring Summit management will:
• Follow recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as the policies of the Spanish and Catalan government.
• Provide healthcare guidelines for registrants and onsite personnel.
• Respond to questions from speakers and attendees about the precautions taken at the European Mentoring Summit.
Management is planning to implement measures to include, but not necessarily be limited to:
• Increased cleaning and disinfection process across all high-volume touchpoints, e.g. catering areas, surfaces, handrails, restrooms, entrances/exits, etc., along with the use of cleaning/sanitizing materials and products.
• Availability of sanitizing and disinfection materials for public use.
We strongly encourage attendees to monitor and implement appropriate guidelines and protocols as suggested by the WHO and other health authorities to contain and mitigate against any further spread of the virus. Up-to-date WHO advice can be found here: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/technical-guidance.
Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ
1. What can I do as an attendee to protect myself and others?
We strongly urge attendees to monitor and implement appropriate guidelines and protocols as suggested by the WHO and other health authorities to contain and mitigate against any further spread of the virus.
Up-to-date WHO advice can be found here:
Up-to-date CDC advice can be found here:
Up-to-date Spanish Health Ministry advice can be found here:
Up-to-date Catalan Government advice can be found here:
Here are some easy ways to protect yourself and other attendees, as recommended by the WHO:
1. Wash your hands frequently: Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if your hands are not visibly dirty.
2. Practice respiratory hygiene: When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
3. Maintain social distancing: Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever.
Feel free to not shake hands or participate in other types of greetings by politely citing your concerns about preventing infection.
For more information, visit the WHO’s advice page.
2. What is the Spanish government saying about COVID-19?
The Spanish Government has issued statements ensuring the public that Spain is a safe place to travel to and hold meetings.
3. How will the European Mentoring Summit communicate any updates?
European Mentoring Summit will update attendees and speakers via weekly e-newsletters, dedicated emails, and on the website, www.mentoringsummit.eu.
4. Who can I contact for more information?
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