Americas Spring Summit 2022 - Information & FAQs pertaining to pandemic-related precautions

For many years, FS-ISAC has been entrusted with its members’ safety and security. While we have heard from many of our members that they are looking forward to returning to in-person events, we are aware that there are still many concerns around health and safety with the ongoing pandemic.*
*Last updated on 16 November 2021

For the Americas Spring Summit, FS-ISAC is taking necessary precautions to address risks by requiring:

1. Masks indoors

2. Proof of vaccination or a negative PCR COVID test taken within the last 72 hours. This will be verified upon registering on-site.

As the pandemic evolves, FS-ISAC may adjust this guidance. For more information, please read the FAQs below.

Q: Will FS-ISAC collect vaccine info or test results? 
A: FS-ISAC is asking attendees to show that they meet the conditions for attendance. FS-ISAC itself will not collect or store the vaccine or test information.

Q: What kind of documentation do you need for entry?
A: At check-in we ask you show proof of vaccination or negative PCR test results taken in the prior 72 hours. The documents can be either digital or physical.

Q: Why is FS-ISAC not mandating vaccines for attendance?
A: The summit is in the state of Florida, which has an Executive Order prohibiting mandates. To protect yourself, and all attendees and staff, FS-ISAC strongly encourages, when possible, following all CDC vaccine and mask recommendations.

Q: Will FS-ISAC have rapid tests on-site? 
A: Under consideration.  FS-ISAC will provide a list of nearby providers if on-site is not possible. 

Q: Is FS-ISAC requiring boosters? 
A: FS-ISAC will follow CDC guidance on boosters.  As of 25-Oct, the CDC only recommends them for specific populations and therefore not required for attendance.   

Q: Is FS-ISAC requiring masks? 
A: Yes, FS-ISAC requires masks at any indoor FS-ISAC hosted area requiring your badge for attendance.  Masks must conform to CDC definitions and use.  FS-ISAC will monitor CDC guidance and adjust if there are changes prior to the summit.   

Q: Are there exceptions to the masks rule? 
A: FS-ISAC expects you to wear a mask for the majority of the event, to keep others safe.  There are a few exceptions, such as a speaker on stage alone, or when eating.   

Q: What happens if someone feels ill under 14 days before the event and cannot find a substitute? 
A: For paying attendees, FS-ISAC cannot issue a refund under 14 days before the event.  Instead, FS-ISAC will give a credit for a future summit.  For comp’d attendees, summit passes are not transferrable to future summits. 

Q: What happens if someone feels ill on-site? 
A:  The health of our attendees is a top priority, and as such, FS-ISAC asks anyone who feels ill to leave the event until they feel better.  FS-ISAC will give further guidance as it gets closer to the event itself. 

Q: What should prohibit me from attending the event? 
A: We ask attendees to not attend the event if they have any of the following: a Fever over 100.4°F, chills, persistent cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting and diarrhea, or other unusual symptoms.