SECO 20/20 - Frequently Asked Questions


 As attendees and exhibitors finalize plans to join us for SECO 2020, SECO International and its leadership would like to assure our attendees, exhibitors, speakers and partners that we are proceeding as planned to hold a safe, productive and successful event March 4 – 8, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. The health risk of coronavirus for the general American public is considered low at this time, according to the latest summary from the CDC. The safety of our Congress participants remains our highest priority, and we continue to monitor the COVID-19 developments closely.

We are committed to being a steward of our community and an accessible source of information as the current situation evolves. Following are recent updates:

  • Every year, our event management team creates an emergency response plan, and this year, it’s expanded the reach of procedures to include the counsel of local health systems. Additionally, any foreign nationals that have visited China within 14 days of arriving in the U.S. are barred from entering the United States. Therefore, these attendees will not be able to participate in this year’s event.
  • The association is not concerned about overall attendance at this time, as attendance has been tracking ahead year over year.
  • We encourage all exhibitors and attendees to take common-sense precautions by using hand sanitizer and following guidelines set by the CDC when they are on-site at the Congress. Additional hand sanitizer stations will be in place in the Georgia World Congress Center.
  • As a standard practice at a SECO Congress, medical care is readily accessible to address immediate health concerns.

The city of Atlanta is continuing to maintain rigorous cleanliness and safety standards throughout public spaces, hotels, and meeting facilities and hosts successful trade events daily.  For the most current information about COVID-19, see the following resources:

 SECO’s event management team has dedicated resources to ensure rapid responses to inquiries related to COVID-19. Attendees and exhibitors with questions or concerns are encouraged to email our office at

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