In light of the manhunt going on Friday for the Boston Marathon bomber at large, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority Executive Director James Rooney issued a statement on how operations have been suspended at the Hynes Convention Center, just blocks from the crime scene, and the Boston Convention & Exposition Center, about two miles away, as the city went into lockdown mode. Both buildings are managed by the MCCA.
Here is his statement:
“At this time, in compliance with the “shelter in place” order for the City of Boston, we have suspended operations at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center.
Activities already underway prior to the Governor’s order will be allowed to continue, including move-in activities at the BCEC for the Experimental Biology 2013 Annual Meeting as well as sessions in progress for the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association’s (ASCA) Annual Meeting at the Hynes.
Labor calls scheduled at the Hynes for the 11:00 a.m. move-out of ASCA and the noon move-in of The Boston Comic Con are temporarily suspended. Contractor labor and staff already in the building and move-in, move-out activity already started will be allowed to continue. Labor scheduled to arrive later in the day should watch for further updates.
Attendees, exhibitors already in the building should stay and continue with scheduled activities. Attendees in route to the buildings for scheduled events will be allowed access, but should be prepared for vigorous security screening.
Attendees, exhibitors, employees of the MCCA and employees of contractors not already in route should not attempt to come to the Hynes or the BCEC at this time. We will continue to update as we have more information.”
A statement on the Experimental Biology Web site said the meeting is still scheduled to start on Saturday at the BCEC. “The situation in Boston is very fluid and changing on a minute by minute basis,” said association officials. “ As of now the EB meeting is scheduled to go on as scheduled. Please continue with your plans to attend.”
Boston’s Logan Airport is open, but Amtrak and local mass transit were shut down on Friday.