Posted July 15, 2020

STAFDA cancels Anaheim convention

A day after California reported its largest number of new coronavirus infections in a single day, the STAFDA board of directors decided to cancel the Nov. 8-10 Convention & Trade Show in Anaheim at the Anaheim Convention Center.

"The COVID-related conditions in California are beyond STAFDA's control making it impossible for us to move forward with our meeting," according to a STAFDA statement.

"STAFDA was taking every safety protocol to safeguard attendees' health and well-being and we commend Visit Anaheim and the Anaheim Convention Center on being leaders in wellness and biorisk safety. Both STAFDA and Anaheim officials took all the necessary steps to ensure our November Convention would be a success."

STAFDA is considering a virtual option and will notify members when plans are developed. Those plans likely will include workshop speakers, the keynoter from the General Session along with the two State of the lndustry speeches, and a virtual component to the STAFDA trade show.

Members who booked rooms at the Anaheim Marriott and Hilton Anaheim are encouraged to cancel their hotel reservations.

The STAFDA office will begin issuing refunds to members who registered for the Anaheim meeting.