Health and Safety Plan
September 13-14, 2021
COVID-19 Safety Plan for the Intelligence & National Security SummitCurrent as of August 20, 2021
The Intelligence & National Security Summit is fully committed to holding a rewarding 2021 conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD, this fall. Our priority is always the health and well-being of our community. Our COVID-19 Safety Plan is a living document that will continue to evolve, as we work closely with the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, and our vendors to create a safer experience for the Intelligence & National Security Summit participants.
- As part of Marriott International's family of brands, the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center has implemented a variety of new protocols and elevated practices, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in keeping with Marriott’s high standards of cleanliness and commitment to providing excellent service.
- The convention center will increase sanitization of high contact surfaces within the facility between each patron group use of any shared area. Additional venue information available here: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center and Marriott Commitment to Clean.
- All event staff, vendors, attendees, exhibitors, volunteers, and guests will be required to wear face coverings when indoors or outdoors at all conference facilities during conference activities, other than when actively eating or drinking or when on-stage speaking.
- All hotel and convention center staff will wear face coverings when in workplace common areas.
- Please bring your own facial covering. A limited supply will be available onsite; inquire at registration.
- If you are unvaccinated, we invite you to register and attend the Summit virtually rather than in-person.
- Staff trained in first aid will be onsite in the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center and will be able to assist conference participants as needed. Additionally, an isolation area will be provided for individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 who are unable to immediately leave the conference.
- Hand sanitizer will be available to conference participants.
- Please register in advance online. We encourage participants to pre-register to support physical distancing and to avoid creating lines. Online registration will remain open throughout the event. If you are unsure of advance plans, register online anytime, prior to arriving at the Gaylord National.
- Onsite, there will be multiple touchless check-in areas for badge pickup. There will additionally be a full-service registration area, where you can make needed registration changes, such as adding lunch tickets, or badge updates.
- Registration staff will be available on site to accommodate changes and badge updates.
- The Intelligence & National Security Summit have spaced out the kiosks in the exhibit hall to 3 feet in between each kiosk, as currently recommended by the CDC.
- The exhibit hall will undergo a nightly cleaning.
Personal Accountability CommitmentProviding a safer environment for our event participants is a top priority. Achieving this is a shared responsibility. By attending the Intelligence & National Security Summit, you agree to abide by and engage in conduct that is beneficial to health and safety while attending the event. This includes, but is not limited to, complying with local regulations, wearing a mask at all times in public areas, engaging in appropriate physical distancing, and not attending the event if you are ill or have been recently exposed to COVID-19.
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FAQsWill the Intelligence & National Security Summit require negative COVID-19 tests from attendees, exhibitor personnel and staff?
No, the CDC does not recommend testing all attendees and staff before allowing them to enter. Testing all event attendees and staff for COVID-19 before allowing them to enter the venue has not been systematically studied. It is unknown if entry testing at event venues provides any additional reduction in person-to-person transmission of the virus beyond what would be expected with other preventive measures (such as physical distancing, wearing cloth face coverings, hand washing, enhanced cleaning and disinfection).
Will the Intelligence & National Security Summit require proof of vaccination from attendees, exhibitor personnel and staff?
No, however, if you are unvaccinated, we invite you to attend the Summit virtually rather than in-person.
Will the Summit conduct temperature screening of attendees, exhibitor personnel and staff?
No, we will not conduct daily temperature screens. The CDC recommends conducting self-health checks for symptoms daily, and in accordance with any applicable privacy laws and regulations. The COVID-19 Symptom List will be included in event communications and posted on event signage. Attendees, exhibitor personnel and staff are asked to stay home, or in their hotel room, if they do not feel well or have any of the following symptoms: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. More details about symptoms of coronavirus can be found at Symptoms of Coronavirus | CDC.
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COVID-19 WarningWe have taken enhanced health and safety measures and require all persons to follow posted instructions while attending the Intelligence & National Security Summit. You must agree to abide by all Intelligence & National Security Summit and Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center safety protocols, follow applicable safety precautions.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.
By attending Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
Help keep each other healthy.