56th Biennial NAD Conference, June 30 - July 4, 2022, Orlando, Florida.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF

covid-19 pandemic protocol

UPDATED AS OF: May 31, 2022

The safety of our guests and attendees is very important to the NAD. By attending #NAD2022, you agree to follow and engage in certain health and safety protocols while attending the conference sessions. 

Proactive measures must be taken in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The NAD continues to monitor the situation through updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Florida Department of Public Health. The NAD is adhering to guidelines from the CDC and continues to urge people to take health precautions. 

Masks are strongly recommended for use during the NAD Conference, but are not required. If an attendee shows any symptoms of COVID-19, we will ask them to leave the conference site and return with proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

The Hyatt Regency Orlando Hotel is a large Conference Resort Hotel which is next to the Orange County Convention Center. Both venues will have many other meetings and conferences. The Hyatt Regency Orlando is also a Resort Hotel where many non-#NAD2022 visitors will also stay. There will be other hotel guests that are not affiliated with the NAD which means they will not be required to comply with #NAD2022 COVID-19 pandemic protocols.

The NAD will:

  • Provide masks and hand sanitizers to all conference attendees;
  • Set up meeting rooms in a way to allow for the social distance protocol and have designated entrances and exits clearly identified;
  • Set up banquet rooms to allow for the social distance protocols and ensure the facility provides appropriate ropes, stanchions, and signages;
  • Include sneeze guards at the NAD registration area as well as ropes, stanchions, and signages to guide attendees through their registration check in;
  • Modify any protocols to satisfy any necessary requirements; and
  • Follow the Hyatt’s Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment for the hotel’s safety protocols.

Attendees are encouraged to:

  • Be vaccinated against Covid-19 and get a booster before the conference. CDC recommends booster shots to be done about 2 weeks before the conference to ensure the vaccination is effective.
  • Take a rapid test before attending the conference. 
  • Purchase trip insurance for pandemic-related trip problems. Note that some plans may exclude pandemics and may not provide coverage for related issues. Be sure to review the plan details carefully before purchasing so that your  travel insurance includes pandemic coverage;
  • Wear masks at all times during the Conference.

Attendees are required to:

  • Stay home if feeling feverish or coughing before traveling;
  • Stay in the room if any feeling of fever or coughing arises after you are onsite. If this happens, please contact [email protected] to report illness. Seek medical attention to obtain a COVID-19 test and do not attend any NAD conference events until a negative test result is obtained;
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. #NAD2022 will have sanitizers available onsite;
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash,and then wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds or with hand sanitizer afterward; and
  • Maintain at least 6-feet social distancing.

NAD Exhibits will be open to the public which means Exhibitors and Vendors are required to:

 

The Exhibit Hall will also have hand sanitizers available for visitors and exhibitors.

Any person who violates the guidelines set in place will be asked to leave.

Attendees will not be allowed to approach any of the conference stages without permission from the NAD Board or Conference Officials.

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