COVID-19 Health & Safety
We at the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo are excited to welcome back our community to an in-person event. Our team is committed to creating an event experience where our customers, partners, and team members can safely and effectively learn, network and conduct business. Below you will find the COVID Protocols for our 2022 event. Please continue to check back as this information may change as the event gets closer.
Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID Test
All HFSE participants must submit proof of COVID Vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the event. This is per the current Health Orderof the city of Long Beach regarding indoor events over 1,000 people.Information on how participants can submit proof will be available starting in August 2022.
Learn more about the vaccine policy in the FAQ Sectionbelow.
The current health orderfor the City of Long Beach states that masks will no longer be required for unvaccinated individuals, but will be strongly recommended for all individuals in most indoor settings.
Learn more about the mask policy in the FAQ Sectionbelow.
The Long Beach Convention Center (LBCC) will host HFSE 2022.
Learn more about the LBCC in the Sectionbelow.
What type of Covid-19 vaccination is required for entry into HFSE?
All attendees, exhibitors, staff and contractors are required to provide either a proof of being fully vaccinated OR proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before arriving at the Long Beach Convention Center.
The current Health Orderby the City of Long Beach mandates that all patrons 2 years of age and up attending an indoor event with over 1,000 people and outdoor events with over 5,000 people must show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (14 days after single dose of Johnson & Johnson or after a second dose of Moderna or Pfizer). Alternatively, the attendee may show proof of a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours of the event's start, or 48 hours for a PCR test. Acceptable forms of proof of a negative COVID-19 test result include (a) photo identification of the attendee AND (b) either of the following – a printed document from the test provider or laboratory OR an email or text message displayed on a phone from the test provider or laboratory. The test result should include the person’s name, type of test performed, negative test result, and the date of the test must be within the timeframes listed in this subsection.
Information on how HFSE participants can submit proof of vaccination or test will be available in August of 2022.
What do I need to bring with me to show proof of vaccination?
More information to come in August.
I will need to schedule a PCR covid test before returning to my home country, does HFSE offer testing services? If not, can you provide locations close to the Convention Center that may offer such services?
HFSE will not have testing available on-site but there are several testing options in Long Beach near the Convention Center.
Will entry into HFSE be granted to individuals that may have medical or non-medical reasons for not getting a Covid-19 vaccination, but are able to provide a negative Covid test?
Yes, entry into HFSE will be granted to individuals with a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours of the event's start, or 48 hours for a PCR test.
What type of masks are acceptable?
Masks should have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric. Two- or three-layer disposable medical masks are acceptable.
Is there a specific way I must wear my mask while inside the Long Beach Convention Center?
Masks must be placed over your nose and mouth and secured under your chin.
Are there any additional recommendations about masks?
It is recommended to have a face mask that includes a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask
Are Gaiters an acceptable mask form?
Gaiters will be allowed but not recommended – ALL gaiters should be made with two layers OR fold to make two layers.
Will masks be provided at HFSE?
HFSE will have a supply of 3-ply disposable masks located at Registration if you misplace, forget, or lose your mask.
May I remove my mask while on the exhibit floor to enjoy food and beverages?
You may only remove your mask on the HFSE exhibit floor for the purpose of eating and drinking. Once you have enjoyed your beverage and/or food item, we ask that you please wear your mask.
Will speakers and presenters be wearing masks on-site and within conference sessions?
Speakers are not required to wear masks when presenting or while participating on panels. Social distancing will be maintained between the speaker and attendees.
Pick your badge ribbon that matches your comfort level.
Green- Open for handshakes and maybe even hugs.
Yellow - Still being cautious, elbows only.
Red - No contact, stay 6' away.
Ribbons will be available at the HFSE registration when you pick up your badge. We hope this makes navigating being being back together a little easier.