Health and Safety

Ensuring Your Safety 

AAGL considers safety of all those onsite at the AAGL Global Congress a top priority and is committed to hosting a safe event for all participants.  The COVID-19 situation in the United States is fluid, and we continue to monitor developments that may impact attendees this year’s Global Congress. We will continue to update the safety precautions outlined below as appropriate to minimize risks to conference attendees and staff. In order to stay current, check this page periodically as we get closer to the meeting.

We highly recommend that attendees wear masks while traveling to and from the event and follow COVID-safe practices in the weeks leading up to the event. Masks will be available on-site if you need one, and if it’s your preference to wear one. If you’ve engaged in activities or behaviors that put you at high risk for COVID-19, please join us for the online for this year’s meeting.

AAGL reserves the right to update guidelines as necessary.

Personal Accountability Statement 

By attending and participating in person for the AAGL 51st Global Congress on MIGS,  December 1-4, 2022 in Aurora, Colorado, you agree to abide by and engage in certain health-and-safety-beneficial conduct while attending the event. This may include submitting to CDC health assessment check, wearing a mask and engaging in appropriate physical distancing.  We ask you do not attend in-person event if you are ill or have been recently exposed or experience symptoms of COVID-19, but please join us for the online for this year’s meeting.

Onsite Health & Safety Guidelines and FAQ

Q: What is the mask policy for the Congress?

A: AAGL will follow current venue, local, state, and CDC recommendations at the time of the event.  We also recommend that attendees wear masks while traveling to and from the event and follow COVID-safe practices in the weeks leading up to the event. Masks will be available on-site if you need one, and if it’s your preference to wear one.

Q: Am I required to be fully vaccinated to attend the AAGL Global Congress?

A: Faculty, attendees, exhibitors, guests, vendors and staff, must provide proof of proof of vaccination as defined by the CDC, prior to entry to the meeting.  The health and safety desk will be located at main registration. Proof of vaccination must show that the attendee is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as defined by the CDC

Q: When and where do I need to show my proof of vaccination upon arrival?

A: Upon arrival at the AAGL Onsite registration desk at the Gaylord Rockies Resort. All attendees present their vaccination docs at the “Health & Safety desk”, to verify vaccination. Once you have been cleared, proceed to the attendee badge pick-up desk to collect your badge and Congress materials.  

Q: Do I need to bring my actual vaccine card?

A: In addition to your official CDC-issued or country of origin vaccination card, a photo or digital version of your official vaccine card with your name and dates of doses, including the date the last dose was administered printed

Additional resources:

Gaylord Rockies Commitment to Clean

The Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center and its partners follow strict safety guidelines; you can read about it here https://gaylordhotelsclean.marriott.com/.

On-site Safety Precautions

These include but are not limited to the following:

  • All in-person attendees, exhibitors, faculty, guests and staff must provide proof of vaccination, to participate in this year’s Congress.
  • Refrain from attending any meeting activities if you have signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or if you think you may have been recently exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the Austin Convention Center, exhibit hall and at the hotels.
  • All are requested to follow appropriate social distancing practices and remain 6 feet apart from others. AAGL will continue to work with the Austin Convention Center to ensure that the AAGL Global Congress complies with state and local physical distancing requirements throughout the meeting spaces and the exhibit hall.
  • Frequent hand washing by all is encouraged.
  • Restrooms will be regularly and thoroughly disinfected during event hours.
  • A daily and frequent disinfecting routine will be followed throughout the Austin Convention Center in meeting spaces, during event hours, overnight, and during peak attendance, and include “frequently touched” equipment, machines, meeting spaces, chairs and public areas.
  • Trash will be removed within public areas with greater frequency.

Exhibitor Recommended Best Practices

AAGL is providing these best practices for exhibitors to maintain health and safety guidelines during exhibit hours:

  • All exhibitors must provide proof of vaccination to participate in this year’s Congress.
  • Practice and set up safe distancing inside booth areas.
  • Utilizing and positioning seating to accommodate for social distancing.
  • Providing hand sanitizer in booths.
  • If serving food, by working with the Gaylord Rockies Resort catering team, to ensure proper food safety and handling are followed.