As of June 4, 2021 (subject to change)
We are excited to host MennoCon21 at the Duke Energy Convention Center (DECC) in Cincinnati, OH. We are still experiencing the impact of COVID-19 while states are relaxing previously imposed restrictions. We want everyone to have a wonderful convention experience while still following the guidelines from the CDC, 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 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.
Per CDC and State of Ohio guidance, masks and social distancing do not need to be practiced. Attendees are free to wear a mask and continue to social distance from other participants. Anyone not fully vaccinated is encouraged to wear a mask.
The worship hall will be set up in two sections. The section closest to the stage will be for individuals/groups that are comfortable sitting closer to each other. The back of the room will be for individuals/groups that would like to continue practicing social distancing. Feel free to block seats to provide extra space around you/your group.
Seminar rooms will be set up slightly less than full capacity. To practice social distancing, feel free to block several chairs with an article of clothing or other marker.
Meal functions will follow the guidelines set forth by local, state, federal officials and agencies, the 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.