COVID-19 safety precautions

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 [re]connect with our friends and colleagues for live, in-person networking and entertainment, as well as a renowned education lineup, 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 of our communities—and the AOA reassures attendees that Optometry's Meeting will be a safe experience. Below is a non-exhaustive list of ways that the Optometry's Meeting event space and headquarters hotel are adhering to the latest public health guidance from local, state and federal authorities, keeping your health and safety top of mind.

On-site health and safety

This year, Optometry's Meeting will feature added health and safety precautions that build upon established public health requirements already mandated by local and state authorities, as well as those of our host facility, the Colorado Convention Center. In relocating Optometry's Meeting to Denver, the Colorado Convent Center was chosen for its exceptional cleanliness and safety measures that distinguish it from other facilities, including:

The convention center also has established "DEEP CLEAN" and "KEEP IT CLEAN" programs to ensure the highest standards for a safe facility. The former prepares the convention space before attendees arrive by applying EPA-approved disinfecting products on high-touch surfaces and objects; frequent cleaning of restrooms, carpets and flooring; ensuring custodial staff are trained in the latest disinfection techniques; and maintenance of other Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards for cleaning and protection. The latter guidelines keep the convention space clean during the event and include cleaning products with shorter dwell times, increased cleaning frequencies, upgraded cleaning validation and other quality control techniques.

Additionally, the convention center has taken steps to ensure air quality improvements, including:

Optometry's Meeting also will follow trusted recommendations and guidelines established by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for limiting the spread of pathogens. These include:

Prior to your visit, 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 is our utmost priority at this and every Optometry's Meeting, and the AOA is excited for this opportunity to [re]connect. The AOA asks attendees who will be traveling to Denver for the meeting to follow the CDC's "Recommendations for Domestic Travel During COVID-19."

Housing health and safety

Optometry's Meeting has contracted with the Hyatt Regency at Colorado Convention Center as the 2021 headquarters hotel. Immediately adjacent to the convention center, the Hyatt Regency also has taken added steps to ensure the health and safety of its guests, following comprehensive procedures and practices to reimagine the hotel experience. This multi-layered Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment builds on Hyatt's existing rigorous protocols and includes:

Specifically, the Hyatt Regency is engaging in touch-free options and frequent sanitization with hospital-grade disinfectants. While in the lobby, guests can use contactless payment through keypad or mobile pay; guests will be required to wear face coverings while in public areas, as well as abide by capacity guidelines in elevators and social distancing; and hotel staff have increased their cleaning frequency.

Each guestroom has been modified to remove extraneous, high-touch items; enhanced digital amenities are offered, such as in-room workouts or streaming entertainment; enhanced room cleaning with hospital-grade disinfectants; mobile ordering for food and beverages; and QR codes give guests access to hotel information.

Guests should be aware that due to the nature of the pandemic, some traditional amenities may be limited or no longer available during their stay, including:

Read more about the Hyatt's Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment with additional information about cleaning and sanitization, food safety protocols and other protocols.