January 21, 2021
Dear Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) clients:
I hope that you all are remaining safe during the continuation of this unprecedented global health crisis that has had a wide-ranging impact upon all aspects of our daily lives. We are ever grateful for your continued partnership and support as we navigate, both the new norm for our industry and the way forward.
The GCCC has remained open throughout this pandemic and has been vigilant to ensure the health and safety of our guests while maintaining the highest levels of customer service in this extraordinary and ever evolving time for our industry.
In remaining as an active facility during this pandemic, the GCCC has rigorously followed Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and actively consulted the Ohio Department of Health and the Columbus Public Health Department for understanding of allowed event activities based upon health mandates in place in Ohio and the critical vetting of events slated to occur.
In April 2020, the GCCC’s parent company, ASM Global launched VenueShield. This program was designed for reactivating and operating venues in the COVID-19 environment and beyond, with a focus upon new and sustainable environmental hygiene protocols and standards to meet evolving guest expectations.
VenueShield has been enacted at ASM Global’s 350 managed venues, including convention centers, arenas, stadiums, and theatres spanning five continents and 21 countries. More detailed information on VenueShield and the GCCC REACTIVATION AND SARS-CoV-2 MITIGATION PLAN is available at https://columbusconventions.com/.
Additionally, the GCCC is a part of the Live Forward Pledge, an initiative to increase awareness of the destination’s readiness in safely welcoming visitors to Columbus: https://www.experiencecolumbus.com/liveforwardpledge/.
In 2021, the GCCC will continue to be a resource for venue safety through best practices of innovation, venue upgrades, and continued education. These resources and enhancements as established at the GCCC will be sustainable long after COVID-19.
New upgrades to GCCC:
To add further detail on some of the facility upgrades:
Global Biorisk Advisory Council Certification
The GCCC has achieved the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation. Under the guidance of GBAC, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, the GCCC has implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention in the facility.
With the GBAC STAR™ accreditation, the GCCC has:
To add convenience and value to all advanced safety protocols, the GCCC’s PPE Resource Center has been made accessible to all events and guests via an online portal from ID Graphics with ID Clean Solutions, the GCCC’s applied graphics partner. The PPE pre-order link can be accessed at: https://bit.ly/GCCCPPE. Curbside delivery is also available.
GCCC Health & Safety in the News:
Columbus Business First
Temperature scanning metal detectors and escalators that clean themselves: Here’s what you’ll experience when you come back to the Greater Columbus Convention Center: https://www-bizjournals-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2021/01/07/convention-center-safety-upgrades-investment.amp.html
Greater Columbus Convention Center upgrades technology and safety equipment with CARES ACT funds: https://www.nbc4i.com/news/local-news/greater-columbus-convention-center-upgrades-technology-and-safety-equipment-with-cares-act-funds/
Thank you again for your partnership. We have been tested like never before, however we are resilient and will continue to overcome this crisis together.
I look forward to welcoming you back to the GCCC soon.