19:21 PM | March 11, 2020 | Robert Westervelt
The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) said today it has decided to cancel its annual meeting, slated to take place 22–24 March in Austin, Texas, as well as the International Petrochemical Conference (IPC), scheduled for 29–31 March in New Orleans, Louisiana, citing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
“Nothing is more important to our industries than safety, and in evaluating the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, it is clear to us that cancelling these meetings is the right course of action to protect the health and safety of our meeting registrants and vendors, our staff, and the Austin and New Orleans communities,” said Chet Thompson, president and CEO of AFPM. “The decision reflects guidance from health officials on limiting potential exposure to the virus, as confirmed COVID-19 cases in the US continue to rise.”
The IPC draws around 3,000 attendees and AFPM’s annual meeting more than 1,000. AFPM says it is evaluating ways to deliver some meeting content in different formats and will send updates as plans are solidified.