Health and Safety FAQs

The safety and health of all involved remain our highest priority. We know that many members are eager to meet face-to-face with their colleagues in a way that is mindful of the public safety and health challenges we continue to face due to the pandemic. NAIOPWA will comply with State of Washington guidelines for events.

Face masks are required for all indoor events and encouraged for crowded outdoor settings regardless of vaccination status. Let’s keep Washington healthy. Contact [email protected] if you have any questions. 

Please note that attending in-person events presents an inherent risk of exposure to communicable disease. By attending NAIOPWA events, you voluntarily accept all risks related to exposure from communicable disease and agree to not hold NAIOPWA or its representatives liable for any illness or injury. You agree to follow all safety protocols issued by NAIOPWA.

What We Expect of Attendees

  • Please stay home if you don’t feel well, tested positive for COVID-19, or were exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days prior to the event.
  • All attendees must wear a face covering when in indoor venues, except when drinking and eating.
  • Vaccinated attendees are highly encouraged to wear masks in crowded outdoor settings. Unvaccinated attendees are required to wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings.
  • Face coverings shall cover the nose, mouth, and chin. Please avoid bandanas, gaiters, mesh or clear shield-like face masks.
  • Attendees will be asked to follow good hygiene practices, including washing hands frequently, using hand sanitizer, and maintaining physical distance when possible.

What NAIOPWA Will Do

  • NAIOPWA will provide contactless badge pick-up for networking and educational events.
  • NAIOPWA will arrange for spaced-seating sections for indoor, educational events.
  • NAIOPWA will work with venue staff to ensure that regular cleaning protocols are followed throughout the event.
  • NAIOPWA will continue to evaluate these and additional protocols, as well as federal, state, and county recommendations, to mitigate risk of infection during in-person events so everyone can have a safe, enjoyable experience.

What factors did NAIOPWA consider?

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have continuously monitored and assessed various factors with respect to delivering in-person events. These include:

  • Rules and guidance at the federal, state, local, and facility levels;
  • Evolving public health and safety protocols and vaccination rates;
  • The safety and health of our members, speakers, volunteers, and staff; and
  • Financial models.

These factors remain fluid, and we will continue to monitor them in the coming months to ensure we can deliver safe, informative, and fun events that also make good business sense for NAIOPWA.