Coronavirus: Information, Resources and Our Response

Quick access to the latest industry information, best practices, and tips to help you make informed event decisions

COVID-19 has had an immediate impact on the event industry bringing uncertainty and unpredictability. At Sparks, we are actively listening to the CDC and WHO guidelines to keep our employees, clients and communities safe and healthy.

This is a dynamic situation. Cancellations are continuing across various industries but many significant conferences and events are still occurring. We remain committed to clients on both sides of the decision and are open for business, ready to support in whatever way is best for our partners. We’re here for the long haul, and will do our best to help everyone make the most of these changing times.


Health and Safety Resources

American Public Health Association: Get the Facts on Coronavirus
Centers for Disease Control: Coronavirus
Centers for Disease Control: US Locations with Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
Johns Hopkins CSSE Global Case Tracker
National Institutes of Health: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
National LIbrary of Medicine: Coronavirus Disease
National Library of Medicine: Consumer Information Coronavirus
World Health Organization: Coronavirus
World Health Organization: Q&A on Coronavirus

Travel Resources

Centers for Disease Control: Travel FAQ
Centers for Disease Control: Travel Health Notices
NPR: Map of Countries with CDC Travel Advisories
Travel.State.Gov - U.S Department of State - Coronavirus Disease
U.S. Travel Assoc. Emergency Preparedness and Response: Coronavirus
World Health Organization: Travel Advice

Trade Show and Events Resources

EDPAs Statement on COVID-19
Event Marketer Magazine Rolling Coverage: The Impact of the Coronavirus on Events
Events Industry Council: About COVID-19
IAEE: Official Statement - What You Need To Know

MPI - Resources for Meeting Professionals
PCMA: What Business Events Professionals Need To Know
UFI and SISO: The Show is Open For Business Campaign Materials
USA TODAY: List of Cancelled Events
World Health Organization: Planning Recommendations for Mass Gatherings

Note on Sparks Donations

Appropriate resources for the healthcare workers and first responders on the front lines of this crisis is not just important, it’s critical. Providing this personal protective equipment (PPE) is at the forefront of our support efforts. This includes the donation of masks, gowns, gloves, hand sanitizer, and other essentials to hospitals, critical care centers, fire departments, and more.

Thank you to the healthcare professionals and first responders, in our communities, and around the world, for all that you do to keep us safe, and for providing endless care and support.

Donations to Date:

St. Mary’s Hospital
Langhorne, PA
2,250 surgical masks

Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
1,500 surgical masks

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
500 surgical masks

Temple Health
Philadelphia, PA
1,000 surgical masks

St. Christopher’s Children’s Hospital
Philadelphia, PA
750 surgical masks