RISE is excited to return to in-person conferences. To ensure the health and safety of attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and staff, RISE will require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status to attend the events. Here’s everything you need to know before you make your travel arrangements.

RISE is pleased to announce a return to live events with conferences planned all over the country. Before you register for our upcoming conferences, be aware that our health and safety protocols for the events have changed. Please note that these protocols may vary depending on the state where the event is taking place and the legislation implemented by that state. Please visit specific conference websites to learn what will be expected at each event.

Until further notice, in-person events require:

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination

A person is considered fully vaccinated*:

  • Two weeks after his or her second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, or 
  • Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

A physical copy of the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention’s (CDC) COVID-19 vaccination card or a photo of the card, along with a photo ID, will be accepted as proof of vaccination at the registration desk.

* This guidance applies to COVID-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (i.e., Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines).

Face coverings

All individuals are expected to wear face coverings in accordance with CDC recommendation. Masks are expected in indoor conference spaces except for when attendees are eating or drinking and, in a location, where they can maintain a minimum distance of six feet between other attendees. 

Health screenings

Upon arrival, attendees must certify several statements upon check in, indicating they have not been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days and are not experiencing any symptoms.

Hand sanitizing

Hand sanitizing stations will be set up throughout the event in conjunction with the CDC recommendation of thorough hand washing.

Physical distancing

RISE encourages physical distancing through a color-coded system for attendees to self-select their comfort level for interacting with others. 

Additional safety measures

Limited seating: All conference sessions will be set up with limited seating per table.

Food and beverage protocols: All food and beverage items will be individual servings or served by hotel staff.

Networking: RISE has instituted a color-coded system to allow attendees to self-select and display their comfort level for interacting with peers:

         Green means you are okay with high-fives and handshakes and interacting close to peers. 

         Yellow means you are interested in interacting but  would like some distance between peers.

         Red means you prefer no contact and ask that peers stay at least six feet apart. 

Exhibitor hall: All exhibitors are asked to set up their exhibit booths with physical distancing in mind, as well as provide a touchless experience so attendees can comfortably interact and shop for solutions.

Speaker podiums: All speaker podiums will be physically distanced from attendees; therefore, speakers will not be required to wear a face covering while speaking. For panel sessions, panelists will be physically distanced and all AV equipment will be sanitized after each session.

Friendly reminders: RISE will place signage throughout the event to serve as friendly reminders of event protocols.

Not feeling well?  If you aren’t feeling well or have reason to believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, RISE strongly urges you to follow the CDC guidelines for self-quarantine and not travel.