COVID-19 and the IABC World Conference

Type: News
By Jessica Burnette-Lemon
6 March 2020

The IABC World Conference will take place 14–17 June 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Chicago.

As the safety and well-being of our attendees is our highest priority, we are closely monitoring the evolution of the COVID-19 virus, also known as “coronavirus.” Our event planning follows the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), local and state public health authorities, and U.S. State Department travel advisories.

We also are working with our event and industry partners in Chicago to ensure we have the broadest array of safeguards in place for our attendees this June. Additional details and recommendations for attendees will be published as the event dates approach.

If you have questions about the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit these websites:

Watch this website for additional conference updates as they are announced. If you have specific questions about your attendance and participation in IABC World Conference, please contact

IABC also has a page of resources on COVID-19 and crisis communication for communication professionals.

Jessica Burnette-Lemon

Jessica Burnette-Lemon is the senior content manager for IABC.


  1. I have already paid the conference. Will I be refunded in the event that travel restrictions will be implemented in Chicago due to Covid-19 ? I’ve heard from the news that California is affected and major events are now impacted since delegates will be coming from different parts of the world.

  2. Dear IABC,

    Please don’t cancel. Remember, we went through this with SARS a few years ago when the conference was in Toronto. We went ahead, and I hear it was a wonderful conference. Sadly, my company canceled my travel. But I think that’s how you should leave it: up to the attendees.
    For what it’s worth: in my industry there’s a huge expo going on right now in Las Vegas, CONEXPO, and they report very little withdrawal/cancellation impact. Why? Because you stand just as much a chance catching the virus at home as you do if you travel.

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