COVID-19 Safety Measures and Requirements

2022 ILA Annual Conference COVID-19 Safety Measures and Requirements

The Illinois Library Association’s (ILA) first priority in all meetings and events is the safety and welfare of our participants. ILA will implement and follow all current recommendations and requirements related to COVID-19 from the CDC, State of Illinois, Cook County, and the Stephens Convention Center for the 2022 ILA Annual Conference. 

  • Participants – attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and staff – will be required to show either proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR or Rapid test result. Please note: You will not be able to submit negative test results until 72 hours before the conference. At home test results will not be accepted. Only negative test results from a doctor, pharmacy, or testing site will be accepted. Participants will also be required to submit an Acknowledgement of Personal Responsibility Participants will receive a separate email from ILA after registration to provide proof of vaccination or test results and the acknowledgement of personal responsibility. You can also view information about this process by viewing the Participant Verification Process webpage.  

  • ILA is requiring everyone to wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status. Participants are responsible for bringing their own masks. There will be no extra masks available for conference participants. You will not be allowed to attend the conference if you do not have a mask, and you will not be refunded your conference fee.

  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines suggest hand washing often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using alcohol-based hand sanitizers to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • To encourage social distancing, conference rooms at the convention center will be larger than usual, and will provide a variety of distanced seating.

Due to the changing nature of the pandemic, attendance requirements may change prior to the event. The well-being of our participants is our top priority and ILA is continuing to monitor the situation. ILA is committed to alerting all participants of any changes, but please continue to visit this page for the latest information.  

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