Benefits Conference April 24 - 26, 2019

LRP Media Group updates on HBLC 2020 and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

TUESDAY, March 17, 2020
CDC guidelines calls to cancel HBLC 2020 due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Every year, we look forward to connecting with our benefits and wellness community at the Health & Benefits Leadership Conference. As always, our top priority is the health and safety of our attendees, speakers, exhibitors, partners, employees as well as hundreds of people who help make HBLC an extraordinary and unique event.

The CDC recommends canceling in-person large events and mass gatherings that consist of 50 people or more for the next 8 weeks. This recommendation, along with the indefinite closure of our conference's venue — Aria Resort & Casino and the travel restrictions placed on our attendees, speakers and exhibitors has led us to the only responsible decision, to cancel this year's Health & Benefits Leadership Conference.

To our 2020 registrants, we appreciate your patience as we work through communicating further details regarding your registration. If you have any individual concerns, please contact our customer service department at 1-800-727-1227 or email

HRE's Health & Benefits Leadership Conference will take place April 15 - 17, 2020 in Las Vegas.

The wellbeing of the HBLC community of attendees, speakers, exhibitors and staff is our highest priority. We are closely monitoring the latest news, government recommendations and announcements related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impact to our annual conference. We are implementing all CDC recommendations for preparing for large events while taking precautions to ensure a safe, hygienic environment for all attendees in the conference venues from the meeting rooms and expo to the hotels and restaurants. We are working closely with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Aria Resort & Casino, and Clark County leadership and local medical experts as they remain supportive of large-scale events being held, including ours. Currently most other large events scheduled for Las Vegas this April are continuing as planned.

While a few of our attendees and exhibitors have shared concerns and some of our international guests will be unable to attend due to travel restrictions, we are hearing that the overwhelming majority of our exhibitors are looking forward to attending the show and our attendee registrations continue on pace with the normal patterns we see year-over-year. In response, we have determined to move forward with the event.

If you have any individual concerns, please contact our customer service department at 1-800-727-1227 or email

Message from Aria Resort & Casino

  • We are maintaining rigorous cleanliness and safety standards throughout our resorts.
  • We've taken comprehensive steps to prepare for all potential health and safety risks and have worked to ensure our resorts are prepared for any potential impacts of the virus.
  • Our security and operations teams continually update their health and safety plans and procedures to ensure they remain as effective as possible. This includes:
    • Proactive procurement of supplies and materials (masks, etc.)
    • Detailed protocols and procedures for handling of all types of contagious illnesses and other potential health hazards.
  • Our teams have focused on proactive cleaning and sanitation procedures. These include:
    • Placing hand sanitizer dispensing stations in high-traffic, visible areas. Examples may include entrances, exits, bathrooms, elevator landings, hotel lobby, showrooms, etc.
    • Reinforcing cleaning and disinfectant procedures, with focus on:
      • Faucets and toilet flush levers
      • Doorknobs and locks
      • Desk and table surfaces
      • Hangers, safes, light/air switches
      • TV remotes, radio controls and telephones
    • As always, health and safety preparation and planning are top priorities for us.

Personal Precautions You Can Take To Protect Yourself

We are implementing a “no handshake” policy at this year's HBLC Show to help reduce the unnecessary spread of germs. In addition, remember to observe common sense precautions from the CDC to help keep yourself and others healthy and prevent the spread of flu, common colds, and other respiratory infections:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Notify medical staff right away if you feel sick, especially if you experience symptoms like:
    • Persistent cough or sneezing
    • Fever
    • Difficulty breathing
    • REMINDER: The CDC is NOT recommending facemasks for the general public. Masks are only recommended for caregivers of patients with communicable illness and patients with a fever or cough.

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