See below for details about Orange County and the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC).

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to drive the plastics industry forward and transform tomorrow. Following are updates to the measures being implemented by the state of Florida, Orange County, and the Orange County Convention Center.

The State of Florida and Orange County moved into Phase 2 of reopening June 5.

  • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-139 to move into Phase 2.
  • June 5, 2020, all of Florida, except Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties, moved into Phase 2 of reopening. This included Orange County where NPE2021 will take place next May. Read More
  • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Order on April 29, providing his plans for Florida’s recovery and reopening.
  • Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings issued an Executive Order on May 1 entitled, “Reopening Orange County and Requiring Social Distancing and Face Coverings.”
  • On May 8, the curfew that had been enacted on March 20 was terminated.
  • On May 18, Governor Ron DeSantis issued a new Executive Order, “Full Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step,” extending and modifying his order dated April 29, which provided his plan for Florida’s recovery and reopening. This modification allows for restaurants, retail establishments, museums, and gyms to open, allowing for them to resume business, provided they operate at a reduced capacity up to 50% building occupancy. It also provides for professional sports venues to open, allowing them to host trainings, competitions, events, and games.
  • The Orange County government has mandated that any businesses that are open during this phase should meet specific measures, including following all guidelines set forth by the CDC and OSHA that relate to health screenings, temperature checks, sanitizing, and handwashing, as well as social distancing, wearing of face masks, and limiting gatherings to no more than ten people.

Orange County Convention Center (OCCC)

  • The OCCC is meeting on a regular basis with key stakeholders at Orange County Government, the Florida Department of Health, Visit Orlando, and partner agencies to evaluate this new and rapidly changing situation.
  • A task force has been assembled to ensure business continuity and recovery, and has issued a set of OCCC Recovery and Resiliency Guidelines that their facility and its service provider partners will follow to keep guests, employees, and the community safe.
  • The plan relies on the best available science and research on sanitization methods, in consultation with the Orange County’s Health Services Department, and addresses physical distancing, hand washing and sanitizing, personal protective equipment, and cleaning systems and protocols.

Additionally, the OCCC has announced its commitment to becoming one of the largest venues in the nation to receive the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) Star™ accreditation on outbreak prevention, response, and recovery. Recognized as the gold standard of safe venues, GBAC STAR™ provides third-party validation to ensure the implementation of rigorous protocols, best practices, and procedures to control risks associated with infectious agents. The OCCC anticipates receiving their accreditation certification by the end of June.

To find more information and updates, please visit the COVID-19 Resources section.

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