Safety

ASBO International is committed to providing a safe experience at the 2021 Annual Conference & Expo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The association has continued to monitor the recommendations of federal and local officials regarding safety guidelines. As COVID-19 and Delta variant cases continue to rise, measures have been put in place to ensure the health and safety of conference attendees. Please visit this page regularly for the latest information.


Regulations are subject to change while on-site.


Vaccine & Mask Mandate

All conference participants (including registrants, guests, presenters, exhibitors, and vendors) will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated.

People are considered fully vaccinated:

· 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or

· 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

 

Information about the vaccination verification process will be provided here, as well as emailed to all participants, once finalized.

Masks are required at AC&E 21. All conference participants must leave their masks on in public and indoor spaces and only remove them when actively eating or drinking.

Participants who refuse to follow safety protocols will be denied entrance or escorted out of the event.
 

Reasonable Accommodation or Exemption

In order to allow enough time to review, exemption forms must submitted no later than October 4. Exemption forms will not be accepted after the deadline or on-site.
 

Exemptions from the vaccination requirement will be reviewed on an individual basis. Exemptions may be granted only due to a qualifying medical reason, disability, or because of a sincerely held religious belief. A reasonable accommodation will be offered where doing so does not present an unreasonable hardship on ASBO International or present a direct threat to the individual, attendees, or others where accommodation measures do not reduce or eliminate the threat..

Participants seeking an exemption from this protocol due to a medical reason, disability, or because of a sincerely held religious belief must submit a completed Request for Medical Exemption form or Request for Religious Exemption form to Covid@asbointl.org to begin the accommodation process as soon as possible. ASBO International reserves the right to take any necessary and appropriate steps, including imposing alternative COVID-19 prevention measures, including a negative COVID-19 test submitted 72 hours prior to arrival to the conference, to ensure that the individual does not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others at the conference. Preventive measures are subject to change.

For purposes of this protocol, the term disability is intended, consistent with applicable state and federal law, to include a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities or a record (or past history) of such an impairment. A “medical condition” may include pregnancy, post-partum medical issues, breastfeeding, allergic reaction, or other medical condition that is a contra-indication to the COVID-19 vaccine which, on the advice of a medical professional, may necessitate deferral of vaccination. General concerns about the vaccination, side effects, general risks associated with the population at large, or other similar issues do not qualify for an exemption under this protocol.

Please direct any questions regarding these guidelines to Covid@asbointl.org.

 

Acknowledgement

All conference participants (including registrants, guests, presenters, exhibitors, and vendors) must sign the acknowledgment by September 30. 

Only registered attendees have access to sign the acknowledgment, so you must register for the conference prior to signing. Exhibitors must be registered as a "booth staff” to have access as an attendee.

  1. Log-in to the eShow Attendee Service Center. If you forgot your login info, click "Forgot Password?" on Attendee Service Center page.
  2. Select "ACKNOWLEDGMENT" from the dropdown menu under the "Attendees" tab.
  3. Read, type your full name, sign, and click “I Accept."

 

Vaccine Verification

SBO International is contracted with CLEAR Health Pass to conduct vaccine verification for conference participants. All conference participants (including registrants, guests, presenters, exhibitors, and vendors) must sign the acknowledgment by September 30. Here are the steps to take:

  1. Download the free CLEAR app: Apple iOS or Android
  2. Scroll down to the “Digital Vaccine Card” section and select the “Add My Vaccination” button. New CLEAR members will be guided through enrollment steps and existing CLEAR members can use the email associated with their CLEAR membership.
    • Enter the email address (preferably the same as was used to register for the conference). 
    • Enter your mobile number
    • Enter the verification code sent to your phone via text
    • Complete the 2-Step Enrollment: Scan your ID (US & Canada Photo ID Car or Passport) and take a photograph of your face
    • Agree to the CLEAR member terms
    • Create a Password
    • Scan your COVID-19 vaccination card and enter your vaccination info
  3. A Completed check mark next to your Digital Vaccine Card means your information is uploaded and approved! You can wait for ASBO International to provide info for step #4. Red means you are not approved and should contact 855-CLEAR-ME if you made an error.
  4. Wait to receive the event Health Pass Code from ASBO International to link your verification to the conference. Codes will be provided 10 days prior to the conference.

Additional CLEAR resources:

 

Physical Distancing

The association asks that attendees refrain from physical contact – including hugs and handshakes – with other attendees.


Additional Safety Measures

The Wisconsin Center implements best practices to prepare for, respond to, and recover from outbreaks and infectious disease. The Center is a recipient of the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) StarAccreditation status from ISSA, the global standard for stringent cleaning protocols.
 

What You Can Do To Stay Safe

We ask all attendees to do their part by taking personal responsibility and remaining vigilant about their own health, including:

  • Wearing face coverings in indoor places throughout the city (e.g., restaurants, bars, and other indoor attractions)
  • Maintaining physical distancing in indoor spaces
  • Using hand-sanitizing stations
  • Washing your hands frequently
  • Self-monitoring for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 (symptoms typically include fever, cough, and shortness of breath)


Acknowledgment

All conference attendees, presenters, exhibitors, vendors, and guests will be required to complete an Acknowledgment before arrival/check-in, indicating that they have read and accepted the safety protocols outlined and will comply. Instructions on how to sign the Acknowledgment will be provided, once finalized.
 

Location Specific Info

 

 





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