Health and Safety Event Protocols | HBA

Health and Safety Event Protocols

The well-being of our attendees is a top priority for the HBA. While COVID-19 will remain with us for the foreseeable future, we are now better positioned to live with the virus. Vaccines, boosters, treatments aimed at preventing severe illness in people at higher risk, and testing are now widely available. We will be guided by data, science, and recommendations from public health officials on decisions we make moving forward and will alter or amend our event health and safety event protocols as the situation develops. We will also adhere to state, city, and hotel policies.

Below are a variety of ways we will foster a COVID-safe environment during in-person Woman of the Year events, as well as recommendations for how you can join us in helping to keep members of the HBA community healthy while in New York City.

What we will do
(in partnership with the Sheraton New York Times Square hotel)

  • Provide face masks at registration
  • Provide stickers for attendees to wear to indicate their comfort level when interacting with others
    • Green – Hugs and handshakes are totally okay
    • Yellow – Elbow bumps and fist bumps welcome
    • Red – No contact – Six feet apart only
  • Provide hand sanitizer at registration and multiple stations throughout the hotel
  • Monitor CDC guidelines at regular intervals and adjust our health and safety event protocols as needed
  • Ensure rooms and spaces are cleaned to health and safety standards

What you can do

  • Get vaccinated and boosted according to the most up-to-date CDC and WHO guidelines before attending (Strongly recommended)
  • Wear a mask covering your nose, mouth, and chin when indoors and traveling (Strongly recommend)
  • Test yourself with a home test kit before travel and bring a test kit with you to test again if you begin to feel sick
  • Stay home if you feel sick or experience COVID-19 symptoms or if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last seven (7) days (Strongly recommended)
  • Check colleagues’ stickers and respect their interaction preferences
  • Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds
  • Frequently use hand sanitizer.

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