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March 21, 2022, UPDATE: *All participants must have a COVID-19 test prior to attending Expo, regardless of vaccination status.

The Humane Society of the United States ("HSUS") considers the health and safety of all those who attend Animal Care Expo 2022 ("Expo") our top priority. The Humane Society of the United States will exercise reasonable efforts to utilize protocols that will comply with or, where legally permissible, exceed any state, local and federal public health requirements and be consistent with then-prevailing public health guidelines as issued by relevant public health entities including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Orange County Health Department.

The state of Florida currently has no mask requirement for the public in both indoor and outdoor settings. However, in the interest of providing a safe environment while limiting exposure for all Expo participants, we are currently following the CDC recommendation updated as of February 25, 2022, for people to wear a mask in certain indoor community settings. Additional information on all our health & safety protocols at Animal Care Expo 2022 may be found below.

As we approach the Event, we will continue to update participants with the important information needed to plan your trip, including any changes to these protocols and any other policies and procedures you need to know before arriving. Updates will be shared on this page, through our social media channels and via email when appropriate. All participants attending Expo in-person will be required during the registration process to agree to Expo’s Health and Safety Rules and Participant Pledge along with a COVID-19 Waiver and Release of Liability.

All in-person participants will be required to comply with the following protocols as part of their participation at Animal Care Expo 2022:

  • A COVID-19 test taken no more than 72-hours prior to the first date of Expo (paid for at the participant’s expense). *Acceptable tests include: health care provider testing or self-administered antigen tests (over-the-counter tests); please visit the CDC website for more information on self-testing. You will confirm that you tested negative on a self-attestation form. That form will be emailed to you no more than 72-hours prior to your arrival at Animal Care Expo.
  • Wear a face mask over mouth and nose at all indoor Expo gathering spaces and events (including any event(s) hosted in conjunction with Expo by sponsors and/or exhibitors) at all times when you are not eating and drinking.
    • Permitted Masks:
      • Valve-free respirator masks (N95 or KN95)
      • Disposable surgical or medical masks
      • Cloth masks with tightly woven fabric (2 or 3 ply masks are recommended)
      • Fabric masks with a clear plastic window
      • Gaiters with two layers (single layer gaiters should be doubled over)
    • Masks Not Permitted:
      • Any mask with an exhaust valve
      • Masks with slits, punctures or holes
      • Bandanas, scarves, ski masks, and balaclavas
      • Novel and battery-operated masks that do not meet the specifications of the permitted masks listed above
      • Full-head helmet-type masks

        Plastic face shields or goggles may be worn in addition to a mask but are not approved mask replacements. If you have any concerns regarding the Expo 2022 mask policy, please contact us at expo@humanesociety.org.
  • Use hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently
  • Follow any physical distancing guidelines
  • Follow any additional guidance and regulations imposed by HSUS, regardless of whether federal, state, or local laws dictate the use of these practices. These regulations may become more or less strict at any time between now and the Event date, due to circumstances beyond HSUS's control.
  • Should you become ill during or after the Expo you will:
    • Immediately report your illness to expo@humanesociety.org.
    • Refrain from further Expo participation and remain in your hotel room or the designated quarantine area until such time that you can return to your home.
    • Notify HSUS of other participants you were in proximate contact with.
    • Keep HSUS informed of your diagnosis, participate in contact tracing and agree to the notification of public health authorities.
  • You understand that if you are refused entrance or are removed from the Expo for not following these regulations, your registration fees for the Expo may be forfeited.

In-person participants can anticipate the following safety protocols at Animal Care Expo:

  • On-site access to basic medical first aid
  • Routine cleaning and disinfecting of shared surfaces as part of Marriott’s commitment to clean
  • Additional masks available
  • Hand sanitization stations throughout the meeting space

The Humane Society of the United States strongly encourages all Expo participants to be fully vaccinated, including a booster shot if applicable, before attending the Event. For more information on vaccination, visit the CDC website.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for COVID-19 test results, have COVID-19 symptoms, feel sick, or may have been exposed to COVID-19, please stay home.

The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Care Expo health and safety protocols are subject to change as regulations and guidelines from local, state, and federal agencies evolve.

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HSUS Events Terms and Conditions 2022
HSUS Events Terms and Conditions 2022
Animal Care Expo Participant Pledge
Animal Care Expo Participant Pledge
Animal Care Expo COVID Liability Waiver
Animal Care Expo COVID Liability Waiver