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Your Safety is Our Priority

Your health and safety are our utmost priority. As we plan to return to an in-person conference, we are actively evaluating conditions and have developed meeting guidelines and policies to ensure a safe environment for all participants traveling to Anaheim, Calif.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, local conditions and safety guidelines are constantly evolving. We are closely monitoring the current state, federal and local COVID-19 guidelines for in-person gatherings and travel restrictions since a lot can change between now and November 2022.

ABRCMS 2022 will also include a virtual component accommodating those who are unable or do not wish to attend in person.

ABRCMS Health & Safety Policies 

Vaccines required for all participants. All participants (including exhibitors, guests, and staff) must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to attend ABRCMS 2022. Participants must be fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO). Following current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, a person is considered fully vaccinated based on the following:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

Additionally, COVID-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (i.e., AstraZeneca/Oxford, Covishield, Sinopharm, and Sinovac), on or before October 9, 2022, are approved for attendance to ABRCMS 2022. Please refer to the list of approved vaccines with WHO EUL/PQ evaluation status.

ASM and ABRCMS strongly encourages all attendees take a COVID-19 test prior to departing to Anaheim, Calif. and following all guidelines set forth by the CDC for travel. Details on the vaccination verification process will be provided in August 2022.

Requirements for entry to ABRCMS 2022 are subject to change at any time based on governmental, venue, or other mandates applicable to the meeting.

Masks required for all ABRCMS activities and events. ASM and ABRCMS will require masks at ABRCMS regardless of local ordinances. All attendees, exhibitors, guests, staff and service partners will be required to wear masks in the convention center and at all ABRCMS affiliated events held at local hotels or other off-site locations. Masks must completely cover your mouth and nose and fit snugly without gaps. Disposable masks will be available onsite.

Health Attestation Prior to Attending. Prior to entering ABRCMS meeting venues, participants must attest they have not:

  • Been diagnosed with OR tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
  • Been directed to self-isolate by a public health authority or healthcare provider due to potential exposure to COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
  • Had any symptoms associated with COVID-19 infection, nor had any symptoms in the past 14 days, including: fever of over 100.0; cough (not attributed to a pre-existing condition); shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; and/or diarrhea.
  • Had close contact (within six feet) with anyone under known quarantine or diagnosed with COVID-19 or showing systems of COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  • Travelled to or from a region with significant community spread of COVID-19, as identified by the CDC, or other governing body, within the past 14 days, nor has any family member travelled for personal or business reasons to these areas.

Conference Venue COVID-19 Safety Initiatives

The Anaheim Convention Center has earned the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR facility accreditation, the gold standard of prepared facilities. GBAC STAR facilities can implement appropriate work practices, procedures and systems to prepare, respond, and recover from outbreaks and pandemics. Their COVID-19 initiatives include:

  • Air Quality and Ventilation: The Anaheim Convention Center (ACC) utilizes one hundred percent (100%) outside air in accordance with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and CDC recommendations for publicly occupied spaces.
  • Enhanced Sanitation Practices: All disinfection products used by the Convention Center are approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use against SARS-CoV-2, the new strain of coronavirus that causes COVID-19 infections. In addition, the Convention Center currently has 153 wall-mounted hand sanitizer dispensers, which include 90 that are touchless, that have been installed at entrances, reception areas, elevators, restrooms and other frequently visited areas
  • Case Notification: The Convention Center will operate under an emergency medical plan, led by the emergency medical services division of Anaheim Fire & Rescue, to quickly respond to, address, manage and trace any health issues that arise in conjunction with the Orange County Health Care Agency.

View their complete list of COVID-19 initiatives.

The ABRCMS headquarters hotel, Anaheim Marriott, has implemented protocols and elevated practices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including adjustments to the services, amenities, and facilities available. View complete details.

Health and Safety FAQs

What should I expect in session rooms? 

  • Layout of the room will be adjusted to allow for social distancing rules as directed by local guidelines.
  • Increased sanitizing of session room throughout the day by the convention center.
  • Selected symposia will be live streamed to allow for remote viewing.

What should I expect at networking events? 

ABRCMS and ASM are actively working with our venue partners to make necessary changes to our networking events to reduce risks to participants. Adjustments may include designated areas for eating and drinking, individually packaged food items, and other precautions for contact-free catering service.

What should I expect in the Exhibit & Poster Hall? 

  • Security personnel to enforce mask mandate and social distancing in exhibit hall
  • One-way aisles with directional floor sticker
  • Poster boards alternated with blank boards to provide social distancing
  • Inline booths will have 8’ divider drape
  • Capacity limits within exhibit booth
  • Increased sanitizing throughout the day with hand sanitation stations provided through the convention center and hall)

Resources

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

ABRCMS Venues

World Health Organization (WHO)


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