As our first in-person conference since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Wildlife Society’s Council and staff look forward to welcoming you to Spokane. It is important, however, to be aware of the continued presence of COVID-19, the risks associated with attending an in-person event, and the need for additional precautions to help protect yourself and others. In collaboration with our venues and local partners, we have ensured the following measures to promote a safe environment for our attendees:
Safe Facilities — The Spokane Convention Center achieved its Global Biorisk Advisory Council® STAR™ accreditation last year for its continued implementation of the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention in its facilities. Click here to learn more about the convention center’s safety protocols. Enhanced COVID-19 safety measures are also in place at each of our conference hotels. More information about current health and safety standards for your stay can be found on the hotel websites and during the booking process.
Sanitation & Hygiene — Hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed throughout the meeting and event spaces, particularly in high frequency areas such as registration and the Member Activity Center & Trade Show. Face coverings will be available at registration. Conference organizers will have regular touch points with the venue staff in advance of the conference and onsite to ensure adequate cleaning, sanitizing and response strategies.
Social Distancing — To facilitate a comfortable conference experience for all attendees and encourage respectful boundaries, TWS will be asking registrants to indicate their social distancing preferences on their registration form. These preferences will be used to distinguish attendees based on their level of comfort with social interaction as follows:
Green — I’m vaxxed! Hugs and handshakes welcome.
Yellow — I err on the side of caution. I may be comfortable with elbow bumps and small groups, but please ask before getting too close.
Red — Greet at six feet! Absolutely no contact and please respect my space.
Black — Prefer not to specify
Shared Responsibility — Conference organizers will continue to monitor the situation in Spokane, and will be in constant communication with our local partners and venues. As we have seen over the past few years, policies and trends around COVID-19 are fast moving and changing at all levels of government. New orders, regulations, restrictions, and guidance that may affect the conference are being issued by federal, state, and local governments on a regular basis and will be followed by TWS. Attendees will be kept informed and notified of any changes to the current conditions, protocols, regulations or conference program as they relate to COVID-19. Additionally, TWS strongly recommends all attendees test for COVID-19 within 72 hours of arriving at the conference, and take the following precautions, as consistent with CDC guidance for Spokane’s current Community COVID-19 Level: