The Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) mandate of wearing masks on all domestic transportation networks is in effect until September 13, 2021. This network includes travelers at airports, on aircraft, commercial buses, and commuter bus and rail systems (including Amtrak). In addition, many ride-share services are requiring riders to wear masks.
PLEASE VISIT THIS SITE FOR CURRENT TRAVEL PROTOCOLS https://www.tsa.gov/coronavirus.
While you are traveling:
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth.
- Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet from anyone who is not traveling with you.
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
Vaccinated travelers: Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destinations require it and quarantine is not necessary.
While the CDC has lifted the mask requirement, and the state of Georgia lifted its mask mandate and social distance guidelines, AAST will still require all attendees to wear masks at the annual meeting. AAST is asking for your assistance with a “Code of Conduct” for the meeting. COVID-19 testing is not required for the AAST meeting.
The code serves as a reminder of the role we all play as individuals and participants to ensure the resilience of our event ecosystem, while also serving as a resource for event organizers to engage all meeting participants in the health and safety of our events.
The code of conduct below is meant to serve as a reminder and inspiration to know that if we all collectively respect the significance of this contribution, we are by definition advocating for the well-being of our fellow global citizens and our industry.
Before Leaving Home
- Follow relevant guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), or your local health authority.
- Adhere to government-issued travel restrictions and guidance issued by the region you will be traveling to and the region you are traveling from. Currently, there are no capacity limits in Atlanta restaurants and bars; Atlanta requires masks in public and in government buildings. Private bars and restaurants can require masks, so be sure to check with the establishment you plan to visit.
- Evaluate your own health and that of people you are in close contact with; contact the meeting/event organizers if you have concerns.
- Stay home if you feel sick.
On-site During the Event for onsite attendee
- Follow guidance from the event organizer for everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses including:
o Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
o Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
o Covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing; throw used tissues in the trash.
o Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Agree to wear a mask or facial covering, required by the hotel and the event organizers. Currently, the Hilton Atlanta requires masks in the hotel’s public areas (lobby, guest room registration, restrooms, etc). Currently, the following Hilton Atlanta services and amenities are available, but with reduced service: Business Center, Concierge, Fitness Center, Breakfast, On-site Restaurant(s), Valet Parking. The following services and amenities are currently not available at the hotel: Complimentary Evening Social, Executive Lounge, Pool, Room Service, Spa.
- Adhere to social distance protocols put in place by the event organizers and respect others’ personal space. AAST is still requiring socially distancing at the meeting and is working with the Hilton Atlanta on safe distances throughout the meeting space.
- Agree that none of the following health concerns has been experienced within the last 24hrs – new-onset severe headache; chills; new or worsening cough; sore throat; nausea/vomiting/ diarrhea; abdominal pain or fatigue from unknown cause; loss of sense of taste or smell; muscle/body aches from unknown cause
(as of May 25, 2021)