Aug 24, 2020
Saint Paul RiverCentre and Roy Wilkins Auditorium Begin Welcoming Guests in Limited Capacities
Saint Paul RiverCentre and Roy Wilkins Auditorium today announced that in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the State of Minnesota they will begin welcoming guests in limited capacities with events up to 250 attendees. In conjunction with this announcement, the facilities also released their COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan outlining guidelines around education and training, health screenings, face coverings, physical distancing, cleaning and sanitizing, hygiene expectations and response plans, and they signed Visit Saint Paul's Ready Together Pledge, Saint Paul's Commitment to Cleanliness and Safety.
The organization has built its reputation in the meeting and convention business by providing excellent service to clients and guests, and throughout this unique time, it continues to operate under the four guiding standards in its Service First philosophy: Safety, Caring, World Class and Efficiency.
Every effort has been made to provide a safe, clean and sanitized environment. Innovative sanitizing technology highlights include:
- High touch door handles and elevator buttons have NanoSeptic self-cleaning adhesive skins that create a continuous, powerful oxidation process that is stronger than bleach.
- Escalator handrails will be retrofitted with KONE Handrail Sterilizer that uses a UV sterilization module to continuously eliminate harmful bacteria.
CleanSlate UV devices, hospital-proven to kill 99.99% of all germs in just 30 seconds using ultraviolet light, have been ordered to help eliminate germs on smaller shared equipment like two-way radios, microphones, iPads and keys.
- Clorox® Total 360® System Electrostatic Sprayers are being used to sanitize multiple surfaces including hard-to-reach places like the side, underside and backside of surfaces and furnishings.
Public and high touch areas are cleaned and sanitized on an ongoing basis, room capacities have been reduced to maintain physical distancing, and rented areas are cleaned prior to arrival, during the event and after the event concludes.
Face coverings are required for guests, vendors and employees, all facility HVAC filtration systems are being upgraded to MERV-13 air filters, 135 contactless hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed in key locations throughout the buildings, and acrylic shields are available where physical distancing may not be able to be maintained.
Signage throughout the facility serves to educate and reinforce expectations for those entering the building, and safety messages are played frequently through the facility PA system to encourage and reinforce safety protocols. All employees receive training on COVID-19 safety and disinfection protocols and are required to follow a self-check policy.
WORLD CLASS AND EFFICIENCY
In the spirit of safe and successful events, Saint Paul RiverCentre and Roy Wilkins Auditorium staff partner with event organizers to review and refine their event-specific plans to ensure success and feasibility. The facilities' main goal is that attendees continue to learn and be inspired, challenged and connected in a premier and safe environment.
On Saturday, Aug. 22, Saint Paul RiverCentre hosted its first event since the COVID-19 pandemic halted operations. The UBC 42nd General Convention welcomed 119 carpenters to the capital city and utilized Saint Paul RiverCentre's ballrooms for their event.