Covid procedures during conference
The following guidance should be followed by all in attendance at conference 2022.
It's importance that we all act responsibly and support each other, particularly those who are most at risk from Covid, or are providing care to other vulnerable people. By following these guidelines as much as is practically possible you're helping us keep everyone at conference safe.
Covid is very much still with us, and while vaccines have provided us with a degree of protection, infection levels are still high, and we must remain vigilant.
We ask that anyone who experiences any Covid symptoms does not attend conference. The NHS recognises 12 main symptoms of Covid. The main symptoms include:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
- general cold or flu like symptoms
Visit the NHS website for the full symptoms list Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms in adults - NHS (www.nhs.uk).
Should you develop any of the symptoms of Covid during conference or get a positive lateral flow test result you should immediately take steps to isolate yourself from your fellow delegates at conference and contact our Conference Liaison officer, Krisna Lakhani.
Everyone in attendance should take a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) before entering the conference venue each day - so you'll need to test once on your day of travel before conference commences, and you'll need to bring one with you to test yourself on the second day of conference. You don't need to bring proof of your LFT test to show us.
As the UK Government has ended the free availability of LFTs for most people, you should obtain your tests from your work as you normally would do. If you have any problems, please let us know and we'll advise you of what to do.
We'll be providing everyone in attendance with a face mask as part of your conference pack upon arrival. It is your choice whether you wish to wear a mask during the conference sessions, and we would ask you to be respectful of people's choices. If you are uncomfortable being around others who aren't wearing masks, talk to us and we'll ensure we can accommodate a safe space for you during the conference sessions.
We've reduced the number of delegates and visitors that will be in attendance at conference to ensure a reasonable distance between everyone in the conference venue. While there are no strict social distancing rules in place, we'd ask you to be respectful of individuals needs for space and to ensure safe distances can be maintained by sticking to the seating arrangements we've put in place. This may mean you don't get to sit next to someone you'd intended to be by, but there will be plenty of time for you to network and socialise outside of the conference sessions.
It's important to continue good handwashing practice. Hands should be regularly washed with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. In addition to this, hand sanitiser will be available throughout the venue.
All personal belongings, including papers, should be removed at the end of each day of conference to allow delegate tables to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected in the evenings. Don't leave anything in the conference hall unless it's rubbish to be disposed of.