Animal Grantmakers is committed to the health and safety of all who will attend our 2022 Annual Conference. We take the ongoing and evolving risks of COVID-19 transmission and infection seriously.
Current public health guidance indicates that with proper protocols in place, we can gather safely in person this month.
Please read the following COVID-19 protocols for participation in the conference. They apply to all participants—attendees, speakers, and guests. Animal Grantmakers reserves the right to prohibit entry to the conference to any individual who fails to follow these protocols, including providing required documentation. Overall, we will rely on our collective care and mutual support for one another to uphold these protocols.
We will continue to monitor and update safety precautions for the conference in coordination with trusted national resources, state and local public health agencies, and the venues hosting our conference events. Additional precautions may be required. All expectations will be clearly communicated to attendees before the conference and upon arrival.
This guidance covers the following topics, some of which require your action before you arrive at the conference.
Thank you for your collaboration and cooperation!
VACCINATION and TESTING:
Within 48 hours of the conference:
All attendees are required to provide proof of one of the following:
For your safety and the safety of others, please understand that if you are not approved or if you do not submit your documentation in advance of the conference, you will not be permitted to attend.
If you have symptoms before traveling, please stay home.
We strongly encourage you to take a COVID-19 rapid-results self-test the first day you will participate in the conference, before you arrive (this includes the field trips, TED-type talk rehearsal, and evening reception on Sunday). You do not have to report your result, but if you test positive or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come to the conference. Please contact Lisa Rapps, our conference planner, as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone or text at 602-793-9150 to let her know.
Please plan on bringing your own test kits, though we will have a limited supply available onsite. We recommend you check with your health insurer about coverage/reimbursement for your purchase of test kits.MASKS:
Masks are optional. Attendees may choose to wear a mask at any time during the conference. We will provide masks onsite throughout the conference, though of course you can bring your own.Attendees must wear masks indoors when required by transportation providers, businesses, or other facilities (e.g., field trip destinations).
We will have a name badge system that identifies attendees’ social-distancing preferences and helps communicate them to others. (For example, we may use color coding: red to ask other attendees to keep their distance from you; yellow to let other attendees know it is OK with you for them to be close but not make physical contact; or green to let other attendees know you are OK with handshakes/hugs.)RESIDENCE INN BERKELEY and BROWER CENTER SAFETY MEASURES:
We consulted a variety of sources to guide our decisions about protocols for the conference. First and foremost, we looked at federal, state, county, and local government information. We also looked at the protocols for a select number of other conferences, particularly those similar to ours, with a relatively smaller number of attendees and with dates closer to ours.
In general, government sources suggest a number of risk factors to consider. These include:
Please note that while we have looked at a variety of sources to inform our protocols and considered these and other risk factors, there is no way to guarantee attendees will not get COVID-19 as a result of attending the conference. You must decide for yourself what you are comfortable with.
Here are some of the government websites that we consulted: