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ASECS Health and Safety Policy

53rd Annual Conference March 9-11, 2023

Hyatt St. Louis at the Arch, St. Louis, Missouri


The health and safety of our members, attendees, exhibitors, hotel staff, and the people of St. Louis are of primary concern for our 53rd annual conference March 9-11, 2023. We continue to monitor the situation both in the city and state, nationally and internationally, and will adapt our policies as necessary in order to make attendance at our meeting as safe as possible. We will follow local, state, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and will post updates on our website.


You may find up-to-date COVID-19 information for the region here: COVID-19 Data Dashboard Missouri


Currently, we anticipate the following minimum requirements:


  • Members will need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination plus at least one booster at the registration desk OR to show proof of a negative PCR test dated within 72 hours of the conference. Vaccines are a safe and proven way to reduce the transmission and severity of COVID-19. ASECS will make a few COVID-19 tests available at the registration desk; attendees are encouraged to bring their own. 

  • Members will be strongly encouraged to wear masks in all public spaces; it is possible that masks will be required depending on local conditions. Masking is a simple and proven way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 at large indoor gatherings. We will have some masks available at the registration table, but participants should bring their own. 

  • If you exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, you should quarantine in your room and inform the Executive Director Benita Blessing at (subject line: confidential). The director will not release your name, but she will let the general conference attendees know via the conference app that there has been a possible conference exposure so that attendees can decide whether to get tested before returning home. 

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