The 2021 HIMSS Global Health Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas will require masks for all attendees, exhibitors and HIMSS staff on the HIMSS21 campus and in all public spaces.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updated guidance recommending that vaccinated and unvaccinated people wear masks in public indoor settings in counties with substantial or high COVID-19 transmission rates.
The governor of Nevada has also issued an emergency directive requiring face coverings indoors, consistent with the guidance, as of July 30.
Clark County, where Las Vegas is located, is specifically identified as an area with substantial or high transmission.
“In alignment with applicable guidance from the CDC, the Governor of Nevada, the Southern Nevada Health District guidance, the Clark County Commissioners, and the Nevada Gaming Control Board, masks will be required on the HIMSS21 Campus,” wrote HIMSS representatives on the organization’s HIMSS21 Health and Safety Hub. (HIMSS is the parent company of Healthcare IT News.)
As previously announced, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is also required for attendees, exhibitors, speakers and staff.
According to HIMSS, more than 18,000 people have registered for the digital and in-person experience, with new registrations continuing to roll in.
HIMSS21 will also include the following safety protocols, according to the organization:
- All primary venues within the HIMSS21 campus use hospital-grade (or better) air ventilation systems, as well as GS Neutral Disinfectant Cleaners on all high-touch areas.
- Socially distanced seating options will be provided in all venues.
- Exhibit hall will include wider aisles on the floor, with booths spaced apart.
- Attendees, exhibitors and staff must complete an on-site attestation confirming compliance with all health and safety protocols.
On-site COVID-19 testing will be available.
“HIMSS is monitoring the evolving public health guidance regarding large gathering settings and will continue to provide updates and additional guidance,” wrote representatives on the Safety Hub. “HIMSS continues to ask all attendees, exhibitors, and HIMSS staff to follow all applicable regulations and make informed choices about travel, onsite and external engagement.”
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