Safety is a core value of the American Chemical Society, and as such the health and well-being of our members, community and staff are paramount. As a result, we are cancelling (terminating) the ACS Spring 2020 National Meeting & Expo scheduled for March 22-26, 2020, in Philadelphia.
Our decision was based on several factors, including, but not limited to:
- The Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania signed an emergency disaster declaration as a result of the COVID-19 global outbreak and several COVID-19 cases have now been reported in the greater Philadelphia area.
- Input received from Philadelphia city officials and continued review of recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other governmental bodies.
- Watching the rapidly expanding trajectory of the COVID-19 virus using tools such as the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering COVID-19 tracking system to monitor the ever expanding outbreak of COVID-19 domestically and globally.
- Concern from our attendees and presenters, domestic and global, about safety of travel to and mass assembly in Philadelphia.