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CEC Advisory – COVID-19 Update

To our valued clients

To help in the global effort to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infection, The Corporate Event Centre at CHSI is suspending all corporate events and training sessions effective Monday March 16th. Our Facility will be closed as a preventative measure, and is scheduled to reopen Monday April 13th.

We are continually monitoring the situation. Check back to www.corporateeventcentre.ca for updates.

Although we’re not available face-to-face at present, we are working remotely to serve you. Reservations are available should you have any inquiries, please feel free to contact Anna Santoli at reservation@tchsi.ca.

Please note we are still accepting any training materials you wish to send us for future bookings.

Thank you for your understanding during this uncertain time. Stay Safe!

COVID 19 UPDATE

Areas in Canada with confirmed cases as of April 1, 2020

Province, territory or otherNumber of confirmed casesNumber of probable cases
British Columbia1,0130
Alberta7540
Saskatchewan1840
Manitoba9112
Ontario2,3920
Quebec4,1620
Newfoundland and Labrador1520
New Brunswick700
Nova Scotia1470
Prince Edward Island210
Yukon50
Northwest Territories10
Nunavut00
Repatriated travellers130
Total cases9,00512

This illness summary is updated once daily with COVID-19 information that is provided by provinces and territories to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). 

 We will continuously monitor the developments and updates to ensure the safety of the staff, tenants, clients and guests of CHSI.

Public Health Agency of Canada

Ontario Ministry of Health

Public Health Ontario

How to Protect Yourself

Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. COVID-19 is still affecting mostly people in China with some outbreaks in other countries. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority. 

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider

Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

What Makes a Purpose-Built Facility?

With the rise in coworking spaces, why does it make sense for businesses to turn to offsite locations to hold their next meeting or training session? With the widely accepted popular coworking and unique rental spaces, knowing where to keep your upcoming meeting or training session has never been so easy, and accessible.

These days any space can be turned or pivoted into areas for rent – a nail salon, libraries, schools, wedding halls. However, and I say that with caution, not every space is meant to hold your next contract negotiation or business meeting. When looking to conduct business, where you meet, sets the tone of professionalism. Here are a few tips to get you started toward choosing the right space for your organization.

What is purpose-built?

Simply put, spaces that are built for the needs of business. When we explain, what makes the Corporate Event Centre (CEC) different from other meeting rental facilities, big or small, we are built with the benefit of organizations in mind. The look, the feel, the amenities, careful thought was put into our facility’s conception, customized with the tools and services you need to encourage collaboration, spark discussion, and empower participants to make productive use of time.

Meetings Spaces Built for Business

You are where you meet. It is difficult to feel motivated and get anything accomplished if your meeting space is noisy and chaotic while lacking the equipment to hold a productive session. Entertaining clients at a collection of like-minded people with similar interests and values is the breeding ground for success and accomplishment. A beautiful space makes everything better…right? It shows your professionalism, seriousness and care. For businesses with already established meetings spaces, meeting in a new environment fosters new ideas and inspirations. Whether you are a Fortune 500 enterprise or a non-profit organization, you need a space that breeds innovation and collaboration.

TIP: A suitable meeting space will offer versatility and set up styles at your disposal. Easels, projectors and connectivity should be standard.

The Rise of Agility

Where we choose to work is shifting. More Canadians are moving away from working 9-to-5 jobs to becoming independent contractors and freelancers via the “gig economy.” A report completed by Intuit Canada states that 45% of the Canadian workforce will consist of freelance workers, independent contractors, and on-demand workers. The gig economy makes renting short-term space rather than high rents, and long-term lease contracts an affordable and flexible alternative that doesn’t require access to large capital and start-up costs. Utilizing a meeting rental space makes perfect sense for independent workers because rather than relying on costly leases, one could rent the space they need, per full or half day, like many days, when necessary.

Tip: Most meetings space rentals offer per daily, weekly and monthly rental options which are both flexible and affordable.

Technology Driven Meetings Spaces

Having the right tech in place is essential for a successful meeting. While WIFI has become the standard for most rental space, making sure the WIFI is powerful and fast enough for small to large groups is a massive plus – the larger the group, the bigger the bandwidth. Moreover, seamless technology is increasingly important for individuals and groups attending meetings. In today’s fast-moving economy, attendees are walking in with different forms of technology, including laptops, tablets, mobile phones, and combinations of all. Having the appropriate connectors and tech-ready accessories that work with both Mac and PCs or for whatever comes through the doors is necessary.

Tip: Meeting rental spaces should have technology that can connect and handle multiple devices all at the same time seamlessly.

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