COVID-19 Updates

Health and Safety Requirements to Attend

APS is closely monitoring the state of the pandemic—particularly the Omicron variant of COVID-19—in consultation with public health experts. At this time, we are planning for an in-person event with virtual components. The health and safety of APS members, attendees, staff, exhibitors, and the local community is our top priority. All attendees must be fully vaccinated, obtain a negative test result prior to the meeting, complete a daily attestation, and wear a face mask. Booster shots are recommended, but not required at this time.

The details of these requirements are provided below:

  • You must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to attending the meeting with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (ie., Pfizer/BioNTech, Johnson and Johnson/Janssen, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Oxford, Covishield, Covaxin, Sinopharm, or Sinovac).
  • Submit proof of vaccination against COVID-19 via a secure proprietary on-line system.
  • Obtain a negative COVID test:
    • PCR test: the PCR COVID-19 test must have been taken within 3 days prior to arrival at the meeting location and all attendees will enter test results into a secure proprietary on-line system. Nucleic Acid Amplification Test—NAAT, e.g., PCR, RT-PCR, LAMP are all acceptable. These are  the preferred methods of testing when possible.
    • Antigen test: we understand that some attendees may have trouble obtaining a PCR test in their area. Per the advice of its public health consultants, APS will also accept negative results obtained by any of the following tests:
      • A rapid antigen test performed at a pharmacy or healthcare provider conducted within 24 hours prior to your arrival; or
      • An at-home antigen test that meets the CDC at-home test requirement for travel, including live supervision by a telehealth service conducted, within 24 hours prior to your arrival at the convention center.
  • All attendees must wear an N95, KN95 or surgical mask that covers your nose and mouth at all times while on-site (except when presenting or actively eating or drinking).
    • Cloth masks or masks with vent valves, gaiters, face shields or bandanas, are not acceptable.
  • Social distancing shall be practiced at all times and sanitizing stations and regular cleaning of shared surfaces will be conducted at regular intervals.
  • All attendees will be asked to complete an online daily health attestation.
    • Each morning (around 5AM) each attendee receives an email AND an SMS/text message with a link to complete this health attestation. After correctly answering the health questions, and receiving the "You are CLEARED for the Event!" response, attendees may proceed to the meeting venue.
    • This will be the "pass" that attendees must show in order to enter the meeting venue. To expedite entry into the meeting venue, it is recommended that attendees take a screenshot of the pass on their mobile devices.