COVID statement as of October 17, 2022
SRA is committed to the safety and well-being of our Annual Meeting attendees, exhibitors, staff, vendors, and partners. SRA will follow any COVID-19 mitigation guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), plus any Florida state and local requirements that are in place at the time of the meeting. The introduction of widely available reformulated bivalent COVID-19 vaccines and treatments for those at highest risk have significantly reduced the likelihood of severe illness and enable us to reengage in the in-person activities that are such an important part of professional development.
By registering, you are agreeing to follow SRA 2022 health and safety protocols, which are subject to change between the date you register and when you arrive in Tampa if CDC guidelines or Florida state and local requirements are updated. No COVID-related public health mandates are currently in place in Tampa, FL. However, SRA asks all attendees to observe these guidelines at SRA 2022 in Tampa:
- Face masks are welcome and encouraged—though not required—at SRA 2022 in Tampa. Masks will be available at the registration desk. A team working with Annual Meeting program chair, Seth Guikema at University of Michigan applied a peer-reviewed COVID transmission risk model to a typical session room in the meeting location. Their findings suggest that if 50% of individuals wearing effective masks (N95/KN94) in a typical session room reduces the individual risk of infection in that room by approximately 45%. Full 100% masking in the session room would decrease individual infection risk by approximately 80%. SRA leaders have also asked Marriott to share their HVAC rating and it is on par or slightly above ASHRAE 62.1 standards “Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality.”
- All participants are asked to respect the choices made by their fellow attendees regarding masking and social distancing. SRA will offer color coded stickers at the registration desk for attendee badges so that you can indicate your personal comfort level. Green = hugs, handshakes and high-fives are ok; Yellow = being cautious fist and elbow bumps only; Red = no contact
- All participants are expected to be fully vaccinated, though you will not be required to show documentation of your vaccination status.
- Should you need a COVID test, you can find a list of testing options and nearby healthcare locations at the registration desk.
- If you have any of the identified COVID symptoms or known exposure to a confirmed or suspected COVID case within the previous 72 hours, you should isolate and test (e.g., antigen, NAAT, PCR). If that test is positive, please do not attend the Annual Meeting or any workshops.
- If that test is negative, you should isolate and test again on the following day. If the second test is negative, continue to isolate and test again on the following day. If the test is positive, please do not attend the Annual Meeting or any workshops.
- Following two negative tests over two days, you can attend the Annual Meeting while masked.