At SIFMA, we have a strong business continuity planning effort and are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on our industry, employees and markets. We will post updates regarding upcoming events here; you can find guidance and resources for the industry here.
We are diligently following releases and guidelines from public health agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), and will take measures at our upcoming events to increase sanitization efforts and minimize the spread of germs.
Notwithstanding our efforts, SIFMA regretfully must advise that certain conferences have been canceled. We have no reason to believe that any of our conference facilities or prospective attendees might create the risk of exposure to Coronavirus. Rather, circumstances beyond SIFMA’s control have necessitated these cancellations. The cancellations have been driven primarily by restrictions on non-essential travel implemented by many of SIFMA’s member firms and other organizations that impact the ability of our speakers, sponsors and other attendees to participate in our events; public health and travel advisories in the United States and other countries; cancellations and other issues associated with international and domestic air travel; and other difficulties that our attendees may face.
Please see the below chart for up-to-the-minute information about event status. We will update this chart as promptly as possible; you may also sign up for email alerts.
Travel Restriction Policy
SIFMA is adopting a travel restriction policy for our events based on nations designated as Alert Level 2 and Warning Level 3 countries by the CDC. As a matter of general practice, we ask that you not attend an event if you feel ill. In addition, we ask you to not attend an event if:
- You have traveled to/from/through mainland China or an affected country in the past 14 days.
- You have been in close contact with someone who recently traveled to/from mainland China or an affected country in the last 14 days. Close contact is defined as living with or being with a family member or friend for extended periods of time.
- You have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.
Tips for Attendees
While attending our events, we ask you to practice general flu prevention, including:
- Avoid shaking hands
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve
- Wash your hands regularly
- Avoid touching your face
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Get your flu shot – it’s never too late
- Stay home if you are feeling ill; call your doctor to let them know your symptoms and travel history
For More Information
SIFMA’s Business Continuity Planning (BCP) team continues to closely monitor COVID-19 and its impact on our industry and the markets. In the event of a significant incident that affects or has the potential to affect the operations of the financial system, SIFMA helps to coordinate the financial industry’s BCP efforts. For more information and resources for those at your firm entrusted with this critical role, please visit www.sifma.org/bcp.