As of April 8, 2021 (subject to change)
We are excited to host MennoCon21 at the Duke Energy Convention Center (DECC) in Cincinnati, OH. We also realize we are still experiencing the impacts of COVID-19. We want everyone to have a wonderful convention experience while still following the guidelines from the State of Ohio and the City of Cincinnati for large gatherings. This document outlines the protocols and expectations for MennoCon21.
The DECC has a thorough set of protocols it is following with its staff and outside vendors. These protocols include temperature checks, wearing masks, social distancing and rigorous cleaning of the facility. The DECC was the first in the Ohio Region to obtain the GBAC STAR™ Accreditation. Under the guidance of GBAC, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, Duke Energy Convention Center has implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention in its facility. As the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation, GBAC STAR™ helps organizations establish protocols and procedures, offers expert-led training and assesses a facility’s readiness for bio risk situations. The program verifies that Duke Energy Convention Center implements best practices to prepare for, respond to and recover from outbreaks and pandemics.
As participants at MennoCon21, we will practice the following items:
- Masks will be worn at all times in the DECC except when:
- A) The individual is actively participating in broadcast communications,
- B) The individual is seated and actively consuming food and beverage,
- C) The individual has a medical condition, including respiratory conditions that restrict breathing, mental health conditions, or disabilities that contraindicate the wearing of a facial covering,
- D) The individual is communicating or seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired or has another disability, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication,
- E) The individual is under 6 years of age.
- Maintain proper social distancing including:
- A) Gathering before worship,
- B) Seating in worship and seminars,
- C) Moving throughout the convention center, including escalators and elevators.
- Regular and proper cleaning of hands
- Any, and all, protocols required by the DECC
The worship hall and seminar rooms will be set with proper physically-distanced seating. This will include individual seats and pod seats. The pod seats are to be used by a family unit or members of the same youth group that are sharing a hotel room. First row of seating will be set a minimum of 12’ from presenters and/or performers.
As defined above, worship speakers, story tellers, scripture readers, worship band members and worship leaders will not be required to wear a mask when they are performing on stage. Audience members will wear a mask at all times, including singing with the band or participating in a responsive reading.
Meal functions will follow the guidelines set forth by local, state, federal officials and agencies, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and support and recommendations from Spectra and industry organizations. These guidelines allow for banquet seating of up to ten chairs per table. Meals will either be plated meals served by catering staff or buffet meals served by catering staff.
Any person with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will be instructed to return home (at point of entry) or taken to a dedicated isolation area pre-determined by MC USA as required by the DECC. In all cases of an attendee exhibiting symptoms, the local health department will be notified by DECC staff. The DECC will cooperate with the local health department regarding contact tracing.