Attendees will be required to show proof of vaccine or negative COVID-19 test as well as wear masks while indoors
Research Triangle Park, N.C. – Together with the AASA Technology Council, the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) has announced updated health and safety measures for the AASA Technology Conference to be held Oct. 11-12, in Memphis, Tenn. The Technology Conference is AASA’s first in-person event since the pandemic began.
- Attendees will be required to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID PCR test administered before arrival to attend the event.
- Vaccination cards and test results will need to be uploaded to a secured, third-party verification platform prior to the event. This information will be emailed to attendees on or around Oct. 1.
- For those attendees who cannot obtain a PCR test before the event, on-site testing will be available.
- Per local ordinances and the protocols of our host facilities, masks will be required while indoors, regardless of health or vaccination status. This includes restaurants and bars, common areas, and lobbies of hotels and private clubs.
- Event seating will be spaced to allow for appropriate social distancing.
- The Halloran Center, where the AASA Technology Conference sessions will be held, has upgraded (MERV) filter/ventilation systems.
- Care will be taken with food service to meet health & safety guidelines.
- The Technology Conference also will be available virtually the following week, Monday, Oct. 18 and Tuesday, Oct. 19, for those unable to travel.
By taking these measures seriously, AASA stated it is confident that it can substantially reduce health and safety risks and increase the comfort and confidence of our attendees who would like to participate in-person. Additionally, according to recent findings from a research partnership between Freeman, a global leader in events, and Epistemix, a computational modeling software company, large in-person business events are safe and do not increase local COVID-19 case rates.
Following are key findings of the research:
- Risks of COVID-19 infection at events were as much as eight times less than in the metro area where they were being held. For recent August events, the infection rates were as much as 95 percent lower than the U.S. at large.
- In-person business event participants are more likely to be vaccinated, reflecting a vaccination rate above 80 percent and creating vaccination coverage that drastically cuts transmission of COVID-19 at those events, regardless of the gathering size.
For more information on health and safety protocols from AASA, Hyatt, the Halloran Center, and Memphis, Tenn., use the links below:
- AASA Code of Conduct & Terms and Conditions
- Hyatt Global Care Cleanliness Commitment
- Memphis COVID-19 Updates & Resources for Visitors
- Memphis Public Health Resource Center
- Halloran Center: All full-time and part-time Orpheum Theatre Group employees, including those at the Halloran Centre, must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 1.