NOA Conference COVID-19 Protocols
In an effort to promote a safe environment and adhere to reasonable COVID protocols, NOA will require all attendees, presenters, performers, competition participants, and exhibitors to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 at the time of the conference. Registrants will need to provide proof of vaccination at the time of registration for the conference. If this documentation cannot be provided at the time of registration, it must be provided in advance of arrival to the conference, unless an exemption is specifically requested and approved for personal or health-related reasons. Any participant in the conference receiving such an exemption must provide proof of a negative COVID test (conducted within prior 72 hours) upon arrival/check-in at the conference. Additionally, any non-vaccinated attendee must wear a mask at all functions except when eating or drinking.
Masks will not be required for vaccinated participants; however, all attendees are encouraged to make their own choice regarding masks based on their own comfort level and guidance from their healthcare professional.
NOA will follow the CDC recommendations for vaccinated individuals:
- “Fully vaccinated people might choose to mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in their household is unvaccinated. People who are at increased risk for severe disease include older adults and those who have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, overweight or obesity, and heart conditions.”
NOA will create appropriate chair configuration in presentation venues in order to encourage social distancing, but cannot guarantee a six-foot distance due to logistical space issues. NOA will also reduce seating at each table for the three banquet events.
NOA will be the only organization in the hotel during our conference, with full reign of the spacious meeting rooms and large hallways within the conference area. Additionally, the conference facilities are located in a separate wing of the hotel building with limited interaction with the rest of the hotel.
Should an attendee contract COVID-19, or be exposed to an infected individual, and is unable to attend the conference due to quarantine restrictions, a full refund of the registration fee will be made upon receipt of a written request with appropriate documentation.
NOA leadership will continually monitor the COVID-19 situation nationally and in Florida and make any appropriate adjustments to the protocols.