As we plan our first in-person conference since 2019, we want to assure you that the safety and wellbeing of the SPA community is our top priority. We are developing a comprehensive safety protocol informed by COVID-19 guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local public health developments, association-specific resources and consultation with events and public health experts.

This section includes answers to common questions about health and safety protocols. It reflects what we know so far, and we will update it with more details to the March event. The next update will be on December 1, 2021. If you have any questions, feedback or concerns, you are welcome to contact us anytime by emailing info@spaonline.org.

During registration, participants will agree to the COVID-19 Safety Acknowledgement and Liability Waiver, as well asconfirm the following language:

By registering to attend and by attending the 2022 SPA Convention as an in-person attendee, you are doing so voluntarily and agree to assume all risk associated with attending this event, including potential exposure to COVID-19, as permitted by applicable law. You also agree to comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, orders and guidance, as well as SPA’s and the venue’s rules and regulations, pertaining to COVID-19 health and safety.

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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!
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If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with those listed for COVID-19, please avoid the event area altogether. Please notify Monica Tune at mtune@spaonline.org. Here is a resource from the City of Chicago listing different COVID-19 testing sites in the area.

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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.

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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.

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Yes. SPA is requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Fully vaccinated means final dose plus two weeks’ time. 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 info@spaonline.org to discuss arrangements.

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At this time, we cannot say. SPA will be following the City of Chicago mask requirements at the date of the event. If we do require masks and to maximize protection, 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.

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