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McDonald's Cancels Annual Worldwide Convention


CEO of McDonald's Chris Kempczinski announced that the scheduled biennial Worldwide Convention for 2020 will be canceled based on travel restrictions and advice from health authorities including the WHO.


In announcing the cancellation, Kempczinski stated "this decision was not made lightly, I for one was really looking forward to my first convention as CEO and I appreciate the significance of this announcement for the system."  He added "the magic of our Worldwide Convention always happens when we come together from more than a hundred countries for four days in Orlando.  This year we know that our customers and our community need us doing what we do better than anyone else serving as leaders."  It is understood that McDonald's is planning a digital convention in place of the biennial in-person gathering.


CEO Chris Kempczinski

At this time health authorities are advising against gatherings of more than 250 people at a single venue. Many sports, corporate, religious, entertainment and political events have been cancelled over an abundance of caution concerning possible community transmission of COVID-19.