MASSACHUSETTS CONVENTION CENTER AUTHORITY COVID-19 UPDATE

The COVID-19 pandemic may have changed how we use our venues over the past year, but what didn’t change was our commitment to customer excellence and service to the public.

During the darkest days of the pandemic we transformed New England’s biggest building, the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, into a 1,000 Boston Hope Field Hospital to care for coronavirus patients. And now, the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center is welcoming thousands of people every day to be vaccinated as we make the transition from treating, to defeating, the coronavirus.

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (“MCCA”) and our friends and partners in the hospitality community have borne a unique burden during the pandemic as the things that people enjoy doing together – traveling for business and pleasure, attending events of all kinds, staying in hotels, eating out and exploring new places – were the first activities to be restricted and will be the last to return. But return they will.

And the MCCA will be ready to get back to doing what we do best – getting back to business as a key economic engine for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

March 22, 2021

On March 22, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts officially opened a mass vaccination site at the Hynes Convention Center. The site will be open 9AM-5PM daily and will be ramping up to vaccinate upwards of 9,000 people a day. To find out more about the mass vaccination site operated by CIC Health please click HERE.

June 2, 2020

On June 2, the last two patients were discharged from the Boston Hope Medical Center at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC). Taking just one week to build, the Boston Hope Medical Center treated over 700 patients in two months.

April 10, 2020

On April 10, 2020 the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority’s Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (“BCEC”) temporarily transitioned into Boston Hope, providing 1,000 beds for COVID-19 patients, 500 for those who need medical care, and another 500 for individuals who are homeless and recovering from COVID-19.  Thank you to our staff and our partners at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, City of Boston, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Massachusetts National Guard, Massachusetts Building Trades Council, Teamsters Local 25, Suffolk Construction, Partners HealthCare and Boston Health Care for the Homeless for their roles in this unprecedented effort. Learn more about Boston Hope Medical Center here.

March 23, 2020

The  MCCA is following Governor Charlie Baker’s order announced on March 23 prohibiting events with groups of 10 or more. We are currently working with our clients to reschedule events that are booked at our Boston and Springfield facilities in the immediate future.

The majority of our events, meetings and conventions have indicated that they will be postponing, rather than cancelling their events. Please visit here for a current list of our upcoming events.

Massachusetts Convention Center Authority Covid-19 Response Plan

In response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, the MCCA continues to monitor CDC and WHO guidelines as well as the Commonwealth’s Department of Public Health guidelines.  

The MCCA is committed to providing a safe environment to all of our guests and we are closely monitoring the activity of COVID-19. 

These precautionary measures onsite include, but are not limited to: 

  • Housekeeping has increased cleaning frequency and disinfection operations across all high-volume touchpoints throughout the MCCA’s facilities including but not limited to the following areas:
    • Restrooms
    • Door entrances/exits
    • Escalators, Elevators
    • Pay stations
    • ATMs
    • Hand railings
       
  • Increased placement of hand sanitizer stations and disinfectant wipes throughout our facilities including offices, and back of house that contain 70% isopropyl[CD1]  alcohol.
  • The purchase of extra hand sanitizer dispensers placed in high trafficked areas.
  • Installation of additional hygiene advisory signage throughout the venue, including all restrooms.
  • Education and awareness extended to all team members on standard personal preventative measures, using sanitizing/disinfection products, etc.
  • Many of the surfaces in our restrooms are touch-free using automatically flushing toilets, hands-free faucets, paper towel dispensers and hand dryers.
  • Our Food and Beverage partner has ServSafe® certified trained Food and Beverage professionals throughout the facilities that adhere to all current guidance from the CDC and WHO on food handling practices as well as employee wellness management to protect employees, clients and consumers. Existing rules for food safety, personal hygiene and infection control are rigorously followed in order to minimize the risk of this, or any other virus spreading.

The CDC recommends that everyone follow everyday prevention practices: 

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Most importantly “Stay Home If You Are Sick”.

MCCA staff will maintain regular communication with event organizers, business partners and other key stakeholders to relay updates.

In addition to applying prevention practices in our daily operations, we are also utilizing our communication channels which include social media and digital signage to convey prevention practices.

Please know that the MCCA is taking every precautionary measure necessary to ensure the safety of our team, our guests and our community. 

 For more information on the COVID-19 please follow the links below:

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

City of Boston

Massport

PCMA

Signature Boston

Exhibition World