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Keeping Attendees Safe
ACS is committed to keeping members and event attendees safe from COVID-19.
Effective – August 1, 2021
To promote the safety of everyone at the event, ACS will follow the guidance and requirements of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), State of Georgia, Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia World Congress Center and other local regulations regarding COVID-19 safety practices. Therefore, this Attendee Safety Plan may change from time to time until the start of ACS Fall 2021.
Important Update: Effective July 27, 2021, the CDC is now advising those vaccinated (either fully or partially) to wear face masks while indoors in public. As a result, ACS is now requiring all attendees (vaccinated and unvaccinated) at ACS Fall 2021 to wear a face mask while in the Georgia World Congress Center or while attending an ACS hosted/sponsored event or meeting.
IMPORTANT: In light of events surrounding COVID-19, this is an appropriate time to remind ourselves of the risks incident to participating in ACS Fall 2021. Even with every reasonable precaution to keep you safe as outlined for you by the CDC, ACS cannot fully eliminate all risks of harm to attendees or guarantee their safety, especially from risks posed by COVID-19 or its variant strains. Ultimately, you are responsible for your own safety.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a fully vaccinated person is anyone having received the second dose of Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine and two weeks have transpired since the last dose.
- Masks are now required of those vaccinated while in the Georgia World Congress Center or any facility hosting an ACS-sponsored event or meeting.
Deciding to Attend
- Anyone unvaccinated and having underlying COVID-19-related risk factors should not attend.
- Anyone exhibiting any symptoms or signs of sickness or who has been in contact with known positive COVID-19 cases should not attend.
- Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 within the last 10 days from the start of the ACS Fall 2021 should not attend.
- Anyone vaccinated or unvaccinated and planning to attend will be required to wear a mask while in the Georgia World Congress Center or any facility hosting an ACS-sponsored event or meeting.
Traveling to Attend
- If unvaccinated, it is inadvisable for you to attend. Fully vaccinated travelers should still follow CDC’s recommendations for traveling safely including: wear a mask, stay 6 feet (2 meters) from others, and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
- If fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine or a vaccine authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization, one can travel safely within the United States.
- Fully vaccinated domestic travelers do not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it. U.S-bound international travelers will need to be tested no more than 3 days before arrival in the U.S. and show your negative test result to the airline before you board the flight. Check with the CDC for guidelines on using some self COVID-19 tests to meet entry requirements. Travelers are advised to check for additional testing requirements or restrictions based upon their point of origin and destination.
- Fully vaccinated travelers need not self-quarantine upon arrival in the U.S.
Entry & Symptom Evaluations
- At all entry points, anyone who presents signs of illness or is determined to be a person of concern by on-site security due to COVID-19 like symptoms—including but not limited to fever, coughing or shortness/difficulty in breathing, loss of taste/smell, fatigue or headaches—will be denied entry or asked to leave the venue and advised to seek medical attention immediately.
- ACS reserves the right to deny such entry to anyone seeking admittance or remove them from the venue should they present with any COVID-19 like symptoms or refuse to wear a mask while indoors whether vaccinated or not.
- A wellness area for individuals experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms will be available for those unable to seek immediate medical attention or leave the Georgia World Conference Center.
- ACS will assist those presenting COVID-19-like symptoms to exit safely.
Admission Process, Entry & Exits
- Plexiglas barriers will be used between registration staff and attendees as part of entry screening and registration.
- Signage will appear at any entrance alerting attendees that entry will be denied if they have:
- been diagnosed with COVID-19,
- exhibited symptoms of COVID-19, or
- had contact with a person that has or is suspected of having COVID-19 within the past fourteen (14) days and have not completed a quarantine protocol, or
- refused to wear a mask at entry or while in the Georgia World Congress Center or any facility hosting an ACS-sponsored event or meeting.
- Attendees must adhere to the requirements of any such signage while attending ACS Fall 2021. Failure to do so could result in the denial of entry or removal from the venue altogether.
- Handshaking, hugging, or other unnecessary person-to-person contact will be discouraged between all participants.
- ACS will remind participants through appropriate signage.
Face Masks & Physical Distancing
- ACS will follow the CDC's latest guidance advising that unvaccinated people must wear masks and physically distance while indoors.
- An acceptable “mask” is made of at least 2 layers of breathable fabric or hospital grade material; fully covers the nose, nostrils, and mouth; fits firmly under the chin; and fits snugly, but comfortably against the side of the face.
- “Physical distancing” is maintaining at least 6 feet from another person who is not from your household.
- Masks are now required of those vaccinated and unvaccinated while in the Georgia World Congress Center or any facility hosting an ACS-sponsored event or meeting.
Contact Tracing & Privacy
- All attendees will be required to provide a working phone number to ACS at the time of registration in case ACS is notified by any government or local health department that contact tracing is required.
- The privacy of all attendees relative to COVID-19-related situations will be respected at all times, including the secure and limited access to their data and the proper and timely disposal post meeting.