HEALTH and SAFETY Are Our Priorities
On Sept. 7, King County shared updated COVID-19 health and safety protocols, recommending vaccine and negative testing verification for large indoor and outdoor events (500+ participants). To ensure the effectiveness of our COVID-19 health and safety protocols, NACAC will continue to follow the guidance from King County for the upcoming conference and will be requiring all in-person attendees to provide proof of vaccination or negative testing verification prior to the start of the conference.
Vaccine and negative testing verification instructions will be sent to all registered in-person conference attendees. This email should come from CrowdPass firstname.lastname@example.org. If you did not receive your email, you may use this link which is connected to our event. You will be asked to create an account and verify your email and then will be able to submit your info after that.
We are committed to the health and safety of our members, exhibitors, employees, service partners—everyone in the NACAC community who will be in Seattle for this awesome conference experience.
NACAC is working with the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) and its service partners, hotels within its room block, services contractors, Visit Seattle, and local and national public health and safety experts that include the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), to ensure we make the best, most well-informed health and safety decisions.
Our polices as of Sept. 8:
Verification — NACAC will require all in-person attendees to provide proof of vaccination or negative testing verification prior to the start of the conference. Vaccine and negative testing verification instructions will be sent to all registered in-person conference attendees.
Masks — Masks are required at all Washington indoor public settings regardless of vaccination status per the Washington State Department of Health. (Exceptions: when speaking/presenting in an official capacity at NACAC-sponoser events or when eating/drinking in designated areas)
Hygiene — Hand sanitizer stations are provided near building entrances and in high-traffic areas, such as meeting room corridors, lobbies, and escalator/elevator landings. Hygiene and health protocol signage will be visible throughout the center.
Comfort Buttons — NACAC is providing a set of three comfort buttons so attendees can easily indicate their social distancing comfort level to other attendees (red — no contact & wave hello; yellow — fist bumps & elbows; green — high-fives & handshakes).
Cleaning and Sanitization — WSCC has achieved the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation created to specifically deal with pandemics. Cleaning products consist of those approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19 and other infectious germs. Frequent cleaning and disinfection routines with an emphasis on restroom and high touch areas will be followed during event hours and deep cleaning and disinfecting will take place between days and events. Electrostatic disinfectant sprayers will be used to disinfect larger spaces efficiently. Supplemental disinfection is scheduled between sessions with a minimum of 30 minutes.
Elevators — The number of individuals riding in an elevator is limited, with priority given to attendees with disabilities.
Restaurants — While NACAC isn't requiring vaccinations for attendees, many restaurants in Seattle do. Be sure to bring the proper vaccination documentation if you plan to eat out or sight-see.
Distancing — NACAC is working with the WSCC to develop attendee movement plans to minimize congestion. Additionally, we are working with our service partners to ensure rooms sets are arranged to achieve added physical distance between attendees. However, we won't be monitoring the space. We ask that you be mindful of your surroundings and take personal responsibility.
Audio Visual — AV staff disinfect microphones between each presenter and speaker. Head tables and podiums are arranged to comply with distancing requirements. Presenters may have their masks off while speaking, as long as physical distancing can be maintained.
Food and Beverage (F&B) — NACAC is working with the WSCC food service provider to offer a variety of food options. All foodservice employees are required to take daily temperature checks and wear gloves. All uniforms and PPE are issued on-site. Masks are required of all F&B staff. Physical distancing is considered in all break and meal placements. Hand sanitizer stations are located near food and beverage stations. We are also working with hotels hosting NACAC meetings to provide food and beverage set-ups that minimize contact between hotel associates and attendees.
Thank You for Your Mutual Respect and Consideration!
Out of respect and consideration for your fellow attendees, we ask that you comply with the polices above. If you see attendees appearing not to comply, we ask that you don't call them out in public or on social media.
NACAC is doing its utmost to keep you safe, but you are attending the conference at your own risk. At any stage of your travel or stay you may encounter persons carrying Delta or other COVID-19 variants. This year's conference is being offered in-person and virtually. Choose the format that best meets your comfort level.
Need to make a change? Please see the 2021 NACAC National Conference Registration Terms & Policies.