LSA 2020 Annual Meeting Update -Addressing the Concerns of Coronavirus (COVID-19)


March 13, 2020:

LSA continues to monitor ongoing developments regarding the spread of COVID-19. Although we still intend to continue our  meeting in Denver, as the situation worsens,  and  in line with guidance from government and public health officials, we may be forced to cancel the meeting. Because of the rapidly changing situation and the unfolding information regarding the spread of the virus, we are extending our refund policy to April 27.  


We intend to make a final determination regarding (a) about whether to cancel the 2020 meeting, (b) to reschedule the meeting to a later date, or (c) explore virtual options combined with an in-person smaller meeting.    As soon as we have made our decision we will inform you.


Please be assured that your well being and security is of utmost importance to us.

The LSA’s 2020 Annual Meeting will remain scheduled for May 28-31 in Denver


AMHERST, Mass. – Amidst the growing concern of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Law and Society Association’s 2020 Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, will still take place as scheduled at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center from May 28-31. The LSA Executive Office will keep all attendees informed and up to date with the latest news and announcements pertaining to the state of the rapidly changing situation and consider the geographic extent of the virus outbreaks. The LSA will continue to closely monitor the situation and above all else, prioritize the safety and welfare of its staff and the conference attendees from around the USA and globally.


As news about the virus circulates in the U.S. and internationally, the LSA will follow updates from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The LSA will also pay close attention to any federal and local travel restrictions.


This virus is not currently spreading widely in the United States. The CDC recently reported that the health risk in the U.S. from COVID-19 is still considered low, and the United States will have little immediate risk of exposure to this virus. The CDC also recommends travelers to avoid nonessential trips to China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, and Japan, as there are no domestic travel advisories or travel restrictions within the United States. 


We are very excited to host another electrifying and engaging Annual Meeting this May, and we look forward to seeing everyone in Denver.


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Precautionary Measures Taken by the Hyatt Recency Denver


The LSA has been in regular contact with its constituents at Hyatt Regency Denver to ensure enhanced sanitary measures will be provided as part of our commitment to the wellbeing and overall safety of all LSA 2020 attendees. Denver remains open to visitors, and Denver International Airport is presently not on the list of airports considered high risk by the CDC. 


This past January, a comprehensive guide about COVID-19 was shared with all Hyatt hotels globally that outlines vital information about the virus, how to protect against transmission, operational procedures if the virus is confirmed among a colleague or guest, and more. The hotel has also assembled a global response team to monitor new information and engaged with an infectious diseases and health expert to support efforts with its research findings. As the situation evolves, Hyatt Regency Denver will continue to follow recommended measures that may be provided by the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE). The hotel will make operational changes and consider additional precautionary measures, as necessary. 


Measures the hotel has taken:


  • Heightened awareness and training of all colleagues regarding the cleanliness of Public Spaces, Food and Beverage Venues, Guest Rooms, Fitness Center and Spa and other facilities

  • Enhanced over-night cleaning schedule for all Public Areas and increased the frequency of the Public Area daily cleaning by in-house housekeeping services

  • Assembly of a global cross-functional response team to monitor new information and promptly update company-wide guidance

  • Engaged with an infectious diseases and health expert to support our efforts with COVID-19 research findings and information

  • Exclusive in-room “Ask a Nurse” message with a direct connect to the Denver Health Hospital

  • Signs have been posted in all Public Area Restrooms and the fitness area, encouraging enhanced sanitary and healthy habits, such as washing your hands and properly disposing of used products

  • Increased our Fitness Center sanitizer stations with new signs

  • Full personal protective equipment on hand for our colleague use


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Travel Restrictions


At this time our refund policies remain the same (50% provided until April 1), however, those individuals currently and directly impacted by travel restrictions due to the coronavirus, should be in touch with the Executive Office at to discuss on a case-by-case basis. The LSA Executive office is in the process of putting together a contingency plan in case cancellation should become necessary.


The CDC Recommends…


  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

  •  Stay home when you are sick

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

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe

  • The CDC does not recommend use of facial masks for people who are well as a means to protect themselves from respiratory diseases


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