Health & Safety

Health & Safety

At this time, we are still planning for the Animal Rights 2020 National Conference to take place as scheduled on July 16 – 19 in Portland, OR.

The health, safety, and well-being of our attendees, visitors, speakers, vendors, and staff are our top priority. Our management team has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely, following national and local public health departments announcements and meeting regularly to assess developments.

We plan to adhere to all guidance and safety measures issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health authorities. In addition, we plan to implement these additional safety measures at the event:

  • Work with the hotel to increase cleaning and sanitizing
  • Provide sanitizing materials for conference participants
  • Implement vendor guidelines on effective sanitizing of booth surfaces
  • Provide awareness and training our staff about exercising preventative measures
  • Provide onsite medical support
  • Post signage displaying health and hygiene practices
  • Share guidance on sensible health practices with attendees

Guided by their purpose of care for guests, colleagues, and customers, the Hyatt Regency Portland has temporarily ceased normal hotel operations until May 17. When normal operations resume, they will be implementing these additional steps:

  • Ensuring that the food staff adheres to all applicable food safety guidelines
  • Placing hand sanitizing dispensers in high-traffic, visible areas, including all front desk pods
  • Sanitizing high touch public areas such as door handles, elevator buttons, etc. several times per day
  • Sanitizing high touch areas within the guests rooms (remote controls, light switches, safes, phones)

The Hyatt Regency will remain vigilant and follow the recommended procedures and protocols of the Oregon Health Authority to ensure that all hotel practices meet the latest COVID-19 guidance.


Again, we are thoroughly committed to participant health, safety and well being. We will continue to monitor this fluid situation closely and will advise you promptly of any substantial changes. You may view information about AR2020 refunds in the unfortunate event of cancellation.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.