COVID-19 POLICY & PROCEDURES 

Last Updated January 23, 2023 

CSTE is committed to providing its members, partners, and staff with an experience that is as safe as possible and will be implementing a number of precautions to help prevent transmission of COVID-19 at in-person conferences, meetings, and gatherings, including the 2023 Annual Conference. By attending a CSTE conference, meeting or gathering, an attendee agrees to comply with the requirements of the policy, as outlined below. This policy will be continually updated with new information and procedures as they are determined, and CSTE may update this policy at any time based on the evolving information learned. 

VACCINATION & TESTING REQUIREMENT 

  • CSTE recommends in-person attendees be up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccination and boosters.

MASK REQUIREMENT & SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIREMENTS

  • Well-fitting face masks will be required during all indoor meeting functions, except when eating or drinking. Attendees must wear an appropriate face mask that covers both the nose and the mouth (e.g. no masks with exhalation valves / vents that can allow virus particles to escape). 
  • All attendees should be mindful and respectful of other attendees’ when eating, drinking, or presenting where mask wearing may be limited. CSTE will not monitor or enforce mask requirements by individual attendees, and we ask attendees to honor the request of others to mask or physically distance. CSTE reserves the right to ask an attendee to leave should they be deemed rude, uncooperative, or disrespectful with repeated mask requests from another attendee. 
  • Physical distancing will be implemented as much as possible in all indoor meetings and social functions, and maximum capacities will be enforced in all functions to help ensure physical distancing is maintained. 

PRE-EVENT PROTOCOLS 

  • Stay home if you feel unwell or were recently exposed to COVID-19, develop symptoms of COVID-19, or test positive for COVID-19 within five (5) days prior to the event. Contact [email protected] to provide notification that you will not be able to attend the event. 

ONSITE PROTOCOLS

  • Attendees experiencing potential symptoms of COVID-19 during the conference should remain in their hotel room, get tested for COVID-19, and seek medical care. Attendees should not return to in-person attendance until they receive a negative COVID test result and symptoms have resolved. 
  • Options for COVID-19 test to treat facilities are available at https://covid-19-test-to-treat-locator-dhhs.hub.arcgis.com/.
  • CSTE does not provide financial assistance for medical treatment, hotel accommodations, or travel to return home should an attendee develop COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 while attending an event.

CSTE 2023 ANNUAL CONFERENCE WAIVER 

The CSTE Annual Conference Attendance Waiver can be found here.