Health and Safety
The safety and well-being of our employees, partners, and guests is our top priority. We will continue to follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local and state authorities regarding events at the DECC.
On June 2, 2021, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine rescinded various orders. While masking is no longer mandated, businesses and organizations can continue to require masking regardless of an individual’s vaccination status. If a client requires masks, all patrons entering the venue will be required to wear a facial covering or mask and keep it on at all times while in the venue for that event, except as necessary to consume food or beverage.
Duke Energy Convention Center has achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation, the gold standard for prepared facilities. 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 biorisk situations. The program verifies that Duke Energy Convention Center implements best practices to prepare for, respond to and recover from outbreaks and pandemics.
“GBAC STAR accreditation empowers facility owners and managers to assure workers, customers and key stakeholders that they have proven systems in place to maintain clean and healthy environments,” said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger. “By taking this important step to pursue GBAC STAR, Duke Energy Convention Center has received third-party validation that it follows strict protocols for biorisk situations, thereby demonstrating its preparedness and commitment to operating safely.”
Says Spectra’s Ric Booth, General Manager of the Duke Energy Convention Center, “I continue to be proud of our team for their ability to position us as a leader in the industry. Achieving the GBAC STAR™ accreditation proves our commitment to the safety and well-being of our employees, partners, and guests and our readiness to host events at the Center.”
To achieve GBAC STAR™ accreditation, Duke Energy Convention Center was required to demonstrate compliance with the program’s 20 core elements, which range from standard operating procedures and risk assessment strategies to personal protective equipment and emergency preparedness and response measures. Learn more about GBAC STAR accreditation at www.gbac.org.
We have taken enhanced health and safety measures to protect our venue guests. However, there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death.
By entering the venue, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19, and Venue disclaims any and all liability related thereto. In accordance with the guidance and recommendations set forth by the CDC and local health officials, we respectfully request that the following guests not attend events at the DECC:
· Guests who are feeling sick or experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms (including fever, cough and shortness of breath);
· Guests who have been diagnosed with, or believe to have contracted, COVID-19, unless you have had no fever for 72 hours (without use of medicine) and 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared; and
· Guests who have not been fully vaccinated and have been in contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
Please note: We will follow guidance from our clients and their protocols relating to wearing masks. If a client requires masks, all patrons entering the venue will be required to wear a facial covering or mask and keep it on at all times while in the venue for that event, except as necessary to consume food or beverage.