This year especially, the AOA is committed to delivering the kind of engaging Optometry's Meeting® experience that our attendees have come to know and expect of our profession's premier meeting. But, while we are eager to reconnect with our friends and colleagues for live, in-person networking and entertainment as well as renowned education experiences after nearly two years apart, the AOA knows this year's meeting is unlike any other. As COVID-19 is still a perpetual reality, we must all do our part to ensure the health and safety-and the AOA reassures attendees that Optometry's Meeting is doing its part, too.
Undoubtedly, Optometry's Meeting will look different this year. Ever mindful of the latest recommendations and guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the AOA will employ extra health and safety precautions in addition to abiding by all public health requirements mandated by local and state authorities and by the facility. These include recommendations on face coverings and social distancing while on the convention center premises.
Additionally, the Colorado Convention Center is 5-Star Certified by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, a designation that recognizes the facility's safety protocols exceed current state and local public health order requirements. The convention center has received distinctions from ASM Global and GBAC STARTM, the cleaning industry's only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation for facilities.
As proper hand hygiene remains one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of pathogens and infections, hand sanitizing stations will be positioned throughout the event space and all attendees will be asked to follow a frequent handwashing routine. So, too, Optometry's Meeting will keep a hands-free approach by employing self-scanning of badges via free-standing detectors. Finally, capacity modifications will be maintained according to state and local health department requirements.
Before arriving and while on-site, the AOA kindly asks Optometry's Meeting attendees to be attentive of their own health and take personal precautions to ensure the health and safety of colleagues. Safety remains the utmost priority at this—and every—Optometry's Meeting, and the AOA is excited for this opportunity to reconnect.