With strong public health protocols in place, we look forward to welcoming you to WEFTEC 2021, October 16 to 20.
UPDATED JULY 28, 2021
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance regarding face coverings for fully vaccinated persons. For more information, see When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated | CDC
- If you are fully vaccinated*, you can participate in many of the activities that you did before the pandemic.
- To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
- Wearing a mask is most important if you have a weakened immune system or if, because of your age or an underlying medical condition, you are at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated. If this applies to you or your household, you might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission in your area.
- You should continue to wear a mask where required by laws, rules, regulations, or local guidance.
*Fully vaccinated is defined as either 2 weeks after a person receives their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after person receives their single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.
Excerpts from precautions [see full text of full precautions]:
- Wear a mask.
- Stay 6 feet away from others.
- Get Vaccinated.
- Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
- Wash your hands often.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Monitor your health daily - be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19. Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
Please check back here for future updates. We thank you for your commitment to protect the health and well-being of your fellow WEFTEC participants. We look forward to seeing you on-site in Chicago
The City of Chicago is in Phase V of its reopening plan. In this “Protect” phase, most mandatory COVID-19 regulations have been lifted. However, prevention strategies are recommended.
The Healthy Meetings Chicago online portal showcases what you may experience upon arrival in Chicago and at McCormick Place, highlighting the McCormick Place campus’s Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) accreditation and exhibit hall mechanical ventilation systems, which achieve an indoor air quality Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value of 13 (MERV 13) slightly below the MERV 14 standard for hospitals.