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COVID-19 Policies

During our 51st Annual Meeting in Jacksonville, FL held May 16-20:

  • We will no longer require proof of vaccination status or a negative test result to attend the in-person meeting.
  • We strongly encourage mask-wearing especially in high traffic, enclosed areas such as buses and elevators, but we will not require attendees to wear them during the meeting.
  • We request all attendees take an at-home COVID-19 rapid antigen test before traveling to the 2023 Annual Meeting. In addition, any attendee who falls ill during the meeting should quarantine, wear a mask, and take a COVID-19 test as soon as possible.While we will not require attendees to submit a negative test in order to attend the meeting and its events, attendees should act responsibly and consider the health and safety of others.
  • No one who tests positive for COVID-19 should attend or continue attending the in-person meeting. We will rollover the in-person registration to 2024 or 2025 for any attendee has to leave the meeting before May 19 due to illness.
  • We expect attendees to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on measures to reduce infection from COVID-19 and protect themselves against severe complications. In particular, we urge all attendees to follow the their recommendation that everyone over age 12 receive the updated bivalent vaccine as soon as they are eligible to do so. For more information, please review CDC vaccination guidelines.

These policies are subject to change based on COVID-19 community levels and any updated guidance from CDC and/or federal or state officials in localities hosting the Annual Meeting. In addition, we will follow the guidelines of any offsite (not at the host hotel) Annual Meeting locations and will let attendees know if any offsite events at the meeting have a different policy. As guidance on COVID-19 changes, we appreciate your understanding as we seek to provide a valuable, timely in-person experience while prioritizing the health and safety of our attendees.