The Greater Way Forward - Update on COVID-19 and Convention Center Reopening

Charity Choice Invitational February 12-15

Charity Choice Invitational gymnastics competition will be the first major event at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center since the beginning of COVID restrictions in March 2020. The event will strictly comply with all pandemic protocols as recommended by the Tacoma Pierce County Regional Health Department and Governor Inslee’s Safe Start plan. In planning for more than a year, the competition is able to proceed with Pierce County’s move to Phase 2 of the Safe Start plan.

The four-day competition has been designed with capacity limits and safety and sanitation regulations to maintain adherence with the latest governmental guidance, as well as industry best practices. The facility has been at the forefront of developing guidelines and standards for meetings and events venues to reopen safely, including achieving Global Biorisk Advisory Council STAR Certification, the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation for facilities. The Greater Way Forward sanitation and safety protocol is in large part responsible for the Charity Choice Invitational being able to proceed in Tacoma. 

“I’m pleased that we are able to make arrangements to hold this event in Tacoma again this year, in a safe and controlled environment like the Greater Tacoma Convention Center,” said Sandy Flores, Meet Director of Charity Choice Invitational. “These gymnasts put so much effort and dedication into staying strong and healthy year-round for these competitions, and the measures we’ve put in place for this year’s Charity Choice should help them stay strong and healthy.”

Each day of the competition, approximately 830 athletes, limited spectators, coaches and officials will participate in a competition consisting of four events scheduled throughout each day. The schedule allows for staff and event producers to maintain stringent capacity limits, monitor physical distancing and implement strict sanitation standards. There will not be an opportunity for the public to attend the event.

Charity Choice will be the first major event to showcase the new rigorous protocols and comprehensive sanitation technologies in place for all future events at the Convention Center.