COVID-19 Updates

2022 AIEA Annual Conference COVID-19 Safety Measures (pdf.)
COVID Testing Information 

*updated 1/21/22-  City of New Orleans Announces Reinstatement of Indoor Mask Mandate

*Updated 1/6/22- AIEA is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and is committed to a safe in-person conference in February 2022. At this point, AIEA is not considering transitioning to a virtual conference; the only reason this would change is if Sheraton New Orleans Hotel is unable to host our participants. If anything changes, timely updates will be provided to attendees. 

All AIEA Annual Conference updates related to COVID-19 will be shared on this page. 

*Important Notes:
-The city of New Orleans is requiring proof of vaccination to enter restaurants and other indoor venues – please do ensure you have this proof with you at the conference.
-COVID testing will only be provided offsite, no testing will be offered at the conference venue. Find more details here...COVID Testing Information.

AIEA Annual Conference Requirements: 

  • All conference attendees are required to be fully vaccinated: two weeks post your second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks post your single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. A booster shot is strongly recommended if at all possible.
  • Attendees who are not fully vaccinated (due to medical contraindication or underlying conditions) must submit a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours prior to their first day of attendance (rapid test is accepted). These attendees should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, including wearing a well-fitted mask.
  • Face masks are mandatory (KN-95 mask are highly recommended) at all indoor events by all attendees, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must be worn the entire time with the exception of times when attendees are actively eating or drinking.
  • Attendees must practice social distancing at conference events (maintain 6 feet distance when engaging with other attendees)
  • Attendees are encouraged to practice preventative hygiene by washing hands and utilizing sanitizer stations throughout the facility

Additional Resources
-Centers for Disease Control and PreventionCDC
-City of New Orleans COVID-19 Information Website- Nola Ready
-Sheraton New Orleans Hotel Safety Measures- Marriott Commitment to Clean