Coronavirus (COVID-19) & HBC

Coronavirus Resources:


Attendee Update: March 30, 2020

Dear American Homebrewers Association members and Homebrew Lovers,

With Homebrew Con 2020 three months away, we have not made any changes to the dates or location. We’re still planning on June 18-20 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.

In the event that the local or federal authorities encourage us to postpone or cancel Homebrew Con, registered attendees will receive a full refund. We will email all registrants if this is the case.

We will post an update in a few weeks as we have new information.

In the meantime, stay safe, relax, don’t worry, have a homebrew,

The staff at the American Homebrewers Association

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Attendee Update: March 6, 2020

We understand concerns about COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) are top of mind for our members, guests, and exhibitors who plan to attend Homebrew Con 2020 in June and would like to take an opportunity to provide you with a few updates and resources.

The American Homebrewers Association continues to closely monitor the developments of the COVID-19 outbreak and is in close and regular contact with the City of Nashville and the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Currently, there are no plans to cancel or reschedule the event.

If you have any questions about the coronavirus and the city’s response, please visit https://www.nashville.gov/Health-Department/Coronavirus.aspx.

Currently, no federal restrictions are in place to prevent meetings and travel in the United States. However, misinformation– in the news, on social media and other channels has led to some incorrect assumptions and premature calls for meeting cancellations in the U.S.

For additional questions, please contact HBC20@nullbrewersassociation.org and a team member will respond as quickly as possible.

We thank you for your support and look forward to welcoming the homebrewing community to Nashville in June!

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Homebrew Con Cancellation and Refund Policy

Hop Additions/Add-on Cancellations:

  • T-Shirts, V.I.B., Pre-Conference Workshops, Brewery Tours cancellations made by April 30, 2020, 11:59 p.m. MT  are entitled to a full refund.

Registration Cancellations:

  • Cancellations made by May 8, 2020, 11:59 p.m. MT will be entitled to a full refund.
  • Cancellations made between May 9 – May 29, 2020, 11:59 p.m. MT will receive a 50% refund.*
  • Cancellations made after May 29, 2020, 11:59 p.m. MT will not be refunded nor will credits for future conferences be issued.*

*If we are forced to cancel the event due to travel or other restrictions mandated by local, state or federal authorities, full refunds will be provided.

Health and Wellness at Homebrew Con:

The American Homebrewers Association is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of all attendees and is working with the City of Nashville and the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center to ensure extra attention is paid to cleanliness.

The City of Nashville’s Response:

The most up to date information on COVID-19 from the City of Nashville can be found here.

From the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center and Marriott International:

Marriott International: COVID-19 Update: March 4, 2020

“OUR EFFORTS TO ENSURE A HEALTHY STAY

“Thank you for inquiring about our efforts to ensure that our hotel remains a comfortable and safe environment for our guests and our associates.

“We take standards for hygiene and cleanliness very seriously. Our leadership team has been closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization statements regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and we are following the guidelines from these agencies and the local health departments on appropriate hygiene standards. Our health and safety measures are designed to address a broad spectrum of viruses, including COVID-19, and include everything from handwashing hygiene and cleaning product specifications to guest room and common area cleaning procedures. We recognize that the COVID-19 virus has required all of us to be more thoughtful as we go through our daily activities. Our associates are expected to follow the CDC recommendations for everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases and we encourage you to do the same. These include:

•  Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

•  Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

•  Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

•  Washing 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.

“[Our] team is committed to making your stay a pleasant one. Please let us know if there is anything further we can do to assist you.”

Statement on March 6, 2020 regarding COVID-19 from Butch Spyridon, President and CEO, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp:

“We are aware that Tennessee’s first case of COVID-19 is in Williamson County. There are no known cases in Nashville/Davidson County. The state is in full containment mode, and all precautions are being taken. We are still advised by CDC and public health officials to take normal precautions of hand washing and remaining calm. We hope you will continue to support the travel industry. As Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee noted, this is serious but mild and manageable.

“Our hospitality partners in Nashville are taking appropriate steps to make sure their properties are safe and comfortable. We have been in contact with several of our major properties, including the Music City Center, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville International Airport and Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. They are each taking standards for hygiene and cleanliness very seriously and have adopted health and safety measures to address COVID-19. Those include increased cleaning and disinfecting, enhanced hand sanitizer stations, education awareness of staff and more.

“We remain in regular communication with our national hospitality industry advocates and local partners regarding the latest updates and appropriate preparations. Nashville has faced other critical situations that have impacted our industry in the past and we have always taken them seriously and managed them well, such as 9/11 and the 2010 flood. We will continue to be vigilant and communicative with our national and local partners, our clients and public health experts.”

Guidance for Travelers:

Travelers are encouraged to always exercise healthy travel habits when traveling and to follow guidance issued by official sources of public health information. At this time, there are no restrictions on travel within the United States.

Key facts to know from World Health Organization:

Health officials are recommending the same personal best practices that are standard for a typical flu season (e.g., frequent hand washing). If we all follow the advice below from World Health Organization, and are aware of what to look for, the impacts of this can be managed. The American Homebrewers Association will be coordinating with the City of Nashville as things evolve.

  • Clean your hands regularly
  • Disinfect surfaces you touch often
  • Don’t touch your face
  • No need for a face mask if you are not sick
  • Avoid traveling if you have a fever or cough
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • If you feel unwell, stay home and call your doctor
  • Those over age 60, or with underlying conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or lung disease are at higher risk for serious infection
  • Initial symptoms of COVID-19 are fever and dry cough, but not everyone has signs of infection