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August 24, 2021 12:30 PM, EDT

TMC’s Fall Meeting Will Prioritize Attendee Safety

Chris Spear TMC19Spear kicks off the TMC annual meeting in 2019. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

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Health and safety will be a top priority at American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council’s Fall Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition.

The in-person event is Sept. 12-16 in Cleveland. TMC issued a notice Aug. 24 indicating the council is closely following updates pertaining to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to best protect guests and staff members, TMC issued a list of health and safety tips, the first of which is getting vaccinated against the virus prior to the meeting. The council also advised people to cancel their attendance if they aren’t feeling well and practice social distancing when possible. Physical contact while greeting others should be avoided.

Participants are encouraged to wear masks while in busy indoor spaces. TMC’s registration desk will have a stock of masks available for attendees. Hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the meeting facilities, and people are encouraged to wash their hands frequently.

The meeting, billed as the industry’s largest in-person gathering since 2020, will feature more than a dozen educational sessions, breakfast and luncheon sessions, an exhibit hall, evening receptions, task force meetings and study group sessions. TMC held its spring meeting virtually in April.

Task forces are temporary groups meant to solve problems and then dissolve within a period of about two years, while study groups are permanent committees that explore problems.

“We are very excited to host one of the industry’s first in-person gatherings in Cleveland in just a few weeks,” said ATA President Chris Spear. “Our members are excited to gather together and we are equally eager to host them, but with a continued emphasis on our members’ health and safety. The TMC Fall Meeting has already seen strong registration, reflecting our members’ desire to resume meeting and their belief in our commitment to their wellness.”

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