COVID-19 Update

LAW FIRM LIBRARIES 2020 IS POSTPONED UNTIL LATE JUNE 2020

MARCH 30, 2020

Ark Group is committed to a safe and healthy conference experience and will therefore be monitoring and abiding by guidance from the CDC. Thus, we are working hard behind the scenes to make speedy decisions on our spring conferences, keeping the health and safety of our attendees, speakers, sponsors, and staff top of mind. Please rest assured that our website will be updated as soon as we have information to communicate, and all registered attendees, speakers, and sponsors will hear from us directly at that time. The Ark community is here for you during this very uncertain time. We appreciate your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you soon.

MARCH 10, 2020

Dear Delegates,

We appreciate your patience as our leadership team and global risk assessment committee have continued to monitor the developments related to COVID-19 over the past few weeks and particularly as states of medical emergency have been declared in several states in the US in the past few days. We continue to hold the safety, health, and well-being of our attendees, speakers, staff, and exhibitors as top priority.

As a result, we have made the difficult but important decision to postpone our Law Firm Libraries 2020 conference until late June.

Our decision was made after consulting with our advisory board, chairpersons, and risk management team, as well as reviewing feedback from attendees and sponsors regarding company travel bans, concerns for employee safety, and newly confirmed diagnosed cases in the US.

Postponing Law Firm Libraries 2020 allows us to ensure our conference proceeds at a later date, without compromise, and we will continue to work hard behind the scenes to update our agenda and speaker lineup with exciting new topics, speakers and other additions. We feel it best to run the event when everyone feels safe and comfortable traveling and participating in a learning environment.

While we've made this decision as expeditiously as we were able, we'll be in contact with you or your organization within the next 14 days as we confirm the venue, date and logistics for the postponed event.

We look forward to seeing you later this year. Stay healthy and be well.


Sincerely,

Ellen Wofford
Managing Director, Ark Group USA

 

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION

 

MARCH 6, 2020

Law Firm Libraries is proceeding as planned. We are continuing to evaluate hundreds of data points hourly to inform our risk management committee on the evolving situation related to COVID-19, the Novel Coronavirus. Continue reading below for the important safety measures we will be taking at the Westin New York Times Square, and please familiarize yourself with the CDC recommendations for every day prevention practices so that together we can create a healthy conference experience. We look forward to seeing you in NYC!

MARCH 4, 2020

ARK Group is actively monitoring the developments related to COVID-19, the Novel Coronavirus originating in China. Law Libraries 2020 continue to run as planned. The safety of our attendees and exhibitors is top priority. We’ve partnered with the Westin Times Square to help all attendees have a healthy conference experience.  

The Westin Times Square is expanding its normal flu season cleanliness protocol to include:

  • The use of disinfecting electrostatic cleaners in high-traffic areas
  • More frequent wipe downs of all common touch areas, including doorknobs, lecterns, microphones, light switches, escalator rails, trash receptacles, elevator buttons, water stations, and bathroom areas.
  • A significant increase in hand sanitizer throughout the hotel
  • Daily carpet sanitization in the conference areas.
  • A large number of other incremental cleanliness steps, including daily employee pre-shift safety meetings to reinforce messaging.

In addition, ARK Group is:

  • Specifically following the guidance of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Adhering to the travel restrictions and guidance of the U.S. Department of State.
  • Asking exhibitors to regularly disinfect & otherwise clean booth activities that are used by multiple attendees.
  • Encouraging attendees and exhibitors to follow regular CDC guidance for everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses of any kind:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Stay in your hotel or at home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

 We will continue to keep you updated as new developments occur.