- Written by Megan Joyce Megan Joyce
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and changes in public health restrictions, OLP Events has announced its remaining 50plus EXPOs, Women’s Expos, and Veterans’ Expo & Job Fairs for 2020 will be conducted virtually.
The virtual expos will take place over a period of days, allowing visitors to engage with exhibitors at their convenience, and will include seminars, demonstrations, promotional offers, and entertainment.
Dates will be announced soon for these rescheduled and revamped events:
• Lancaster, York, Cumberland, and Chester County 50plus EXPOs
• York, Capital Area, Lebanon, and Lancaster Veterans’ Expo & Job Fairs
• Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and Cumberland County Women’s Expos
These virtual expos will be held at their respective websites: www.50plusexpopa.com for the 50plus EXPOs, www.veteransexpo.com for the Veterans’ Expo & Job Fairs, and www.agreatwaytospendmyday.com for the Women’s Expos.
A 50plus Living Virtual Open House is also in the works for Aug. 15–31 at www.50pluslivingvirtualopenhouse.com. During the open house, interested individuals can “visit” mature living communities and service providers online from the comfort of their home or office.
In addition, Jobs717, an online job fair for those in or near the 717 area code, has already been slated for Sept. 15–30 at www.jobs717.com and will be held in conjunction with the Lebanon Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair.
During the Jobs717 job fair — which has been opened to both veteran and civilian job seekers — guests can “visit” employers to learn about their organizations and available positions.
Attendance at all virtual events will be free to visitors.
Like all small businesses, over the past few months OLP Events has been navigating the challenges of these unprecedented times.
In July, OLP Events successfully hosted the Dauphin County 50plus EXPO in Hershey in compliance with the CDC and commonwealth guidelines in place at the time.
“We all felt good about the new processes and procedures we’d implemented for the safety of sponsors, exhibitors, and visitors,” Donna Anderson, president of On-Line Publishers and OLP Events, said.
“It was great to be back talking with people we didn’t know and seeing our business community engaging and sharing information with our visitors.”
Later that same day, new limitations to the number of people permitted at indoor gatherings were implemented at the state level, making future brick-and-mortar expos impossible for the foreseeable future.
“Six months ago, in-person events were the norm,” Anderson said. “Alas, our world is dramatically different now, and few live events will be happening in 2020. That said, we know every business needs to have a way to stay connected with customers, and consumers need information as well.”
For more information and updates as they become available, check the event websites or call (717) 285-1350.