Annual Meeting

Health & Safety

 

Updated August 18, 2021

 

AOFAS is working with the Charlotte Convention Center and meeting hotels to implement policies and procedures to ensure the health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors, and staff. Current guidelines encompass information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local authorities. These guidelines may be updated in accordance with the CDC guidelines and Charlotte Convention Center policy.

Visit the North Carolina, Mecklenburg County Public Health, and Charlotte Convention Center websites for the latest information.


Face Coverings

In accordance with the city of Charlotte's mask mandate, all live Annual Meeting attendees (regardless of vaccination status) are required to wear masks inside the Convention Center at all times, unless actively eating or drinking.


Vaccination Status

All attendees, exhibitors, and guests at the live Annual Meeting must be vaccinated or present a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of their first day at the meeting. Meeting participants are asked to complete a health attestation verifying their vaccination status or negative COVID test prior to arriving at Annual Meeting.

To complete your attestation, click on the appropriate link below. Attendees and exhibitors will log in using the username and password provided at registration. If you do not remember your password, click the "Forgot Password" button to generate a new one.


Additional Safety Measures

The Charlotte Convention Center has implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention, which has earned it the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR Facility Accreditation.

AOFAS has implemented the following safety measures:

  • Hand sanitizer stations throughout the meeting space — including building entrances, meeting rooms, and lobbies — and an established schedule for re-filling the stations. Touch-free dispensers will be used wherever possible.

  • Disposable masks available upon request

  • Reduced touch points for a "low touch" environment

  • A continual cleaning and disinfecting routine enforced throughout the Convention Center during event hours and overnight, especially in high-touch areas

  • Regular and thorough disinfection of the restrooms during event hours. Restrooms include the following touch-free items: soap dispensers, sink faucets, toilet fixtures, paper-towel and toilet paper dispensers

Safety protocols and service adjustments may be in effect in hotels, restaurants, and other businesses. Please be sure to check appropriate websites prior to arrival.


Travel Guidelines

AOFAS will monitor all travel guidelines, considerations, and restrictions from global and local authorities. Any major transportation or travel announcements that impact the meeting will be reported on our website, or via email if deemed appropriate. For more information, visit the TSA website. Plan your air travel safely by visiting the airline's website. 

For those traveling to Charlotte from outside the United States, please do not travel internationally until you are fully vaccinated. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow CDC’s international travel recommendations for unvaccinated people. More information regarding international travel and restrictions can be found on the International Travel During COVID-19 page on the CDC website. 

AOFAS will disclose to attendees, via email, any reports of COVID-19 transmission during the meeting. If you believe you were exposed to COVID-19 during your travels to the Annual Meeting, DO NOT ATTEND. If you become ill during or after you leave the meeting, let AOFAS know by emailing education@aofas.org or calling 800-235-4855 or +1-847-698-4654 (outside US).

 

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