Health and Safety at SBC

SAME requires those attending SBC in-person to be Fully Vaccinated.  One is considered fully vaccinated two-weeks after their second dose of a two-dose vaccine series or two-weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Proof of vaccination is required via a third-party, HIPPA-compliant service ("SafeAccess"); all registrants will receive a personalized link to complete proof prior to arriving on-site.  Click here to download the SAME Vaccine Verification User Guide.  Those registering on-site or who do not complete the verification in advance MUST report to the on-site vaccine verification desk to recieve their conference credentials.

To safely accommodate SBC participants, the following guidelines and operations are in place as of November 9, 2021 Guidelines may change over time. All participants are required to follow the guidelines in place at the time of the event, regardless of notification or date established, and by signing up to participate in an SAME event, you agree you understand and agree to abide by these guidelines as well as the SAME Code of Conduct.
  • Participants must follow all local guidelines in place during the event. That means those set by local and state governments and the facilities being used.
  • Participants must adhere to the following SBC health and safety procedures:
    • Do not attend if you test positive for COVID-19 within 14 days prior to arrival in Atlanta.
    • Do not attend if you experience any symptoms of COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to arrival in Atlanta.
    • Do not attend if someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days prior to arrival in Atlanta.
    • Participants will quarantine and must not participate in any in-person conference events if they experience any symptoms of COVID-19 while in Atlanta.
  • ALL SBC PARTICIPANTS will wear a face mask covering their mouth and nose during SBC activities .
  • All participants must follow all guidelines while traveling. That means those set by transportation carriers, airports, and other transportation facilities being used.
  • All participants should follow everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of germs such as washing hands often or using sanitizer. Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the event and venue.
  • There will be enhanced sanitation throughout the course of the event, with a focus on “high-touch areas” such as door handles, restrooms, and food and beverage areas.
  • Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) announced it is the first convention center in the U.S. to achieve GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC). The GBAC STAR program helps commercial and public facilities of all sizes establish and carry out an organized approach to cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention. Learn more HERE.
  • Physical distancing, activity limits, and crowd density controls are currently not required. Should we need to implement these measures, this will be first managed by methods such as using limited, staggered, or rotating shifts and attendance times.
  • In relation to the exhibit hall, to best balance current demand yet allow the greatest ease of enabling distancing/participation limitation measures should they become necessary, the following protocols have been established:
    • No booth sharing – only one company may purchase/occupy a booth.
    • Booths may be no larger than 20x20.
    • Special attraction areas in the exhibit hall have been eliminated.
  • Participants will abide by enforcement measures such as showing proof of vaccination, putting on a mask when requested, quickly adhering to directions to distance from others, etc.
SAME has the right to update this policy at any time at its sole discretion and will follow, at a minimum, all applicable federal, state, local, and Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and requirements.  Failure to comply by these policies may result in removal from the event without refund.

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