We hope the information will assist you in understanding some of the “behind the scenes” considerations associated with the planning and execution of this event. If your question is not addressed below, please reach out to Nathan Victoria at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are in need of testing when you are on-site at SPA, we have identified the following locations:
- City COVID Testing
- 900 N. Michigan Surgical Center
- Nova Testing Facilities
- 205 E. Ohio Street
- 641 N. Clark Street
During registration, participants will affirm agreement to the SPA COVID-19 Member Meeting Policy. Please visit this webpage to learn more information about SPA’s policy.
You are our first line of defense! Please observe the following:
- Wear your mask at all times in event spaces, except for when you are consuming food or drinks.
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water. Hand sanitizer is a great second option.
- Avoid crowding into elevators; there’s always the next one!
If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with those listed for COVID-19, please avoid the event area altogether. Please notify Monica Tune at email@example.com. Here is a resource from the City of Chicago listing different COVID-19 testing sites in the area.
The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago is committed to hosting you safely and responsibly. For more information about Marriott International’s Commitment to Clean and the steps they are taking, click here. The hotel’s safety protocol highlights can also be found here.
We plan to allow for spacing between attendees when seated during sessions so they can enjoy SPA safely. More details to come about navigating and accessing the physical space.
Yes. SPA is requiring all participants to show documentation that your vaccinations are up to date per the recommendations of the CDC or your local health ministry. For U.S. attendees to the convention, the CDC clarifies that up to date vaccinations includes additional doses for individuals who are immunocompromised or booster doses at regular time points. If you are eligible for a booster, please ensure that you have one before you attend the SPA convention.
We will share more details on how to provide proof of vaccination and other logistics to implement this safety measure. If you have a religious or medical reason that prevents you from obtaining a vaccination, we invite you to consider the virtual-only experience or reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss arrangements.
To ensure the safest experience possible, for attendees not presenting, masks will be required at all times unless you are actively eating or drinking or posing for a photo. For presenters in workshops or concurrent sessions, if social distancing may be maintained, you may choose to remove your mask when you are actively presenting. Poster session presenters must wear their masks during their presentations.
Your mask must completely cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of your face without gaps. Bandanas, gaiters, and masks with exhalation valves are not permitted.
To be clear, all participants will be required to wear procedure (a.k.a. surgical) masks with at least 3 layers of fabric, KN95, KF94s, or N95 masks during the event. The CDC updated their face coverings website on January 14, 2022. Cloth masks and Gaiters will not be accepted as facial coverings at the SPA Convention. Individuals may choose to wear cloth masks over a procedure mask, KN95, KF94, or N95, but a cloth mask alone will not be permitted.
To help evaluate your mask purchase, please use the CDC website on evaluating purchases of KN95, N95, and other masks.
Individuals who have a documented disability which precludes the wearing of a mask may request a modification to mask policies. Please contact Nathan Victoria, Executive Director, at email@example.com to discuss modification(s) to mask policies.