Conference Updates and Safety Practices

COVID-19 Preparations

The Foundation is implementing the following measures at all programs to ensure a safe educational experience:

  • Health and safety measures will be in place as issued and/or recommended by federal, state and local health authorities, including the conference venue and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
  • Vaccinations: The Foundation does not require vaccinations for its attendees, but we strongly recommend that attendees get vaccinated if they are able to. The Foundation respects that certain health issues and religious beliefs may prevent some attendees from being vaccinated.
  • Mask Wearing: If the local area or event facility does not have a mask requirement, attendees are welcome to wear a mask if they choose to do so.
  • Physical Distancing: All session and breakout room seating will follow local distancing guidance at the time of the event. There will also be additional efforts to alleviate any potential congestion in high traffic areas and we will ask attendees to avoid congestion to the extent practicable.
  • Session Attendance: When available session attendance scanning will be used along with the use of QR codes, facilitating contactless session attendance verification.
  • Handouts: In order to minimize touchpoints, there will be minimal handouts available. Attendees are encouraged to download handouts via the website.
  • Food & Beverage: Where possible, we will favor serviced buffets, food served pre-packaged or in closed containers.
  • Cleaning & Hygiene: High-touch areas will be regularly cleaned and sanitized. Hand sanitizer stations will be positioned at key locations throughout the event.
  • Social Functions: When available, all gatherings will follow the current regulatory guidelines and event policies, such as distancing, hygiene and mask wearing.
  • COVID Protocol Communication: Health and safety guidelines will be communicated on the Foundation website, on the conference mobile app when available, in pre-event messaging, and on-site event signage.

Please be aware that the safety protocols may change as the situation evolves.

Conference Participant Expectations:

  • Adhere to all federal (CDC), state, and local health authority guidelines while traveling to and at the program;
  • Not participate if you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms or have recently been exposed to anyone who tested positive for COVID‑19 or variants;
  • If unvaccinated, wear masks in public, indoor settings per CDC guidelines;
  • Wash hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds and/or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Engage in additional responsible health and safety practices, traveling to and at the program;
  • Act in the best interests of your own well-being, and that of your fellow conference participants; and
  • Avoid crowded social gatherings, receptions, venues or other indoor activities that do not implement social distancing or other recommended hygiene practices.

Read more on safety precautions from CEO Terry Davidson.