Today we announced that in the interest of public health, APTA and our 18 sections and academies will not hold an in-person Combined Sections Meeting, Feb. 24-27, 2021, in Orlando, Florida. We will instead host a virtual event over several weeks starting in February 2021.
This decision is based on our physical therapy community's role and responsibility as health care providers and our association's mission to improve the health of society. Additional background can be found in a statement at apta.org.
Simply put, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, there is no evidence to suggest that a mass gathering like CSM will be safe in February 2021. As a health care association, we cannot risk the health of our attendees or the people they serve.
Over the years, CSM has become the definitive annual gathering for our profession. Our intention is that it remains so in 2021. In fact, by holding the event virtually we expect to generate participation from first-time attendees who can take advantage of the more inclusive format, and we hope that leads potential members to join our APTA community. We plan to use this as an opportunity to innovate and enhance the CSM experience for the future.
We are only in the early stages of planning for this online version, but already we know that CSM 2021 will provide outstanding educational content and research posters, with chances for attendees to engage with relevant vendors and each other.
As a valued exhibitor with APTA, we understand COVID-19 has brought incredible challenges to your business and practice. We also know that CSM connects you with customers who bring significant revenue to your business. Please know that APTA is committed to offering opportunities in this virtual meeting that will connect you with our members and meet your business objectives.
We have much work ahead of us to confirm the specifics of this exhibitor engagement, and as soon as opportunities are confirmed we will update you.
We appreciate your patience while we work through pivoting to a virtual event, and we look forward to partnering with you for CSM 2021.
Please feel free to contact us with any of your questions or concerns.