The safety of the event attendees and travelers who visit Ames and Iowa State University is of greatest importance to the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB). With the COVID-19 strain of the coronavirus making international headlines, it is easy to begin to worry about how the spread of the virus may affect any event requiring travel or large attendance numbers. The ACVB has been keeping up to date with news of the spread of the virus locally and globally, and we have been working with Iowa State University to continue providing the best and safest environment to visit, live and work in Ames.
The Iowa Department of Public Health has reported that, as of 03/24/2020, there is only one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Story County. The Iowa Department of Public Health is monitoring COVID-19.
While the number of tests and positive cases is expected to increase in the days to come, this news is concerning but not cause for panic. Additional steps are being taken within our office, ISU and the State of Iowa to implement a response plan and to ensure access to resources to effectively manage the situation. The best thing anyone can do is to remain calm, stay informed, and do your part to reduce risk.
The cancellation of events and travel plans due to COVID-19 is impacting the travel, hospitality and event industries globally and locally. It is frustrating and disheartening to know that our local businesses and partners may temporarily lose revenue. But we are committed to do everything possible to keeping events on track, visitors safe and healthy, and Ames thriving.
If there is anything we can do to assist you, please feel free to contact us (515-232-4032 / firstname.lastname@example.org). In the meantime, while many of our local business members are adapting to meet current codes and CDC standards, they are still OPEN in some capacity. Please check this list HERE for updates and ways you can still purchase from your favorite Ames retailers, restaurants and more.
The Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau has committed our support and has signed this letter to Congress from the U.S. Travel Association.
Governor Reynolds’ Announcement 03-17-20: State of Public Health Emergency
Letters to the community from ISU President Wintersteen: