Health and Safety Resources

Current as of July 22, 2021

Your safety is our priority. We are working diligently with our partners and vendors to ensure the necessary safety measures are in place. We are committed to creating a safe and healthy environment for all our attendees, exhibitors, and team members.  

AAOS is following best practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)and will abide by the legal mandates from the state of California at the time of the meeting.  The health and safety measures available here will be updated as planning for the AAOS 2021 Annual Meeting continues. 

Proof of Vaccination 

Guided by the State of California mandates for meetings and events over 5,000 people, AAOS is requiring that ALL attendees and exhibitors be vaccinated or present a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of the first day registrants are attending the Annual Meeting.

To ensure proof of full vaccination and validate registrants’ right of entry into the event, AAOS has partnered with Safe Expo to implement its health attestation program. All attendees and exhibitors are encouraged to submit proof of their CDC-issued vaccination card in advance of arriving in San Diego.

NOTE: If you are a domestic attendee or exhibitor and prefer to verify your vaccination onsite, or if you plan to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered within 72 hours of traveling to the event, you can bring your proof to the Health Screen Station onsite at the San Diego Convention Center.

Planning for Change

While much has changed in the world around us, what has not changed is AAOS’ commitment to the health and safety of our members, exhibitorsand industry partners. Here’s what we’re doing at-a-glance for a handshake-free meeting to protect your health and peace of mind so you can focus on getting down to business. 

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  • MasksEffective June 15, the state of California has updated its face covering guidance to align with CDC recommendations. Attendees and exhibitors who are fully vaccinated will not need to wear face coverings/masks.   
  • CleaningHand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the event. All high-touch areas will be placed on a visible continual cleaning and disinfecting routine during event hours and overnight.  
  • Exhibit HallAAOS will apply crowd density standards, in accordance with local and state authorities’ guidance, to control the density of the show floor and community gathering spaces and allow for appropriate physical distancing.   
  • Food & Beverage: Food and beverage will be provided in a no-contact way.