COVID-19 Safeguards at HalloweeM

Updated April 26, 2022

The health and safety of all attendees, volunteers, staff, and venue employees at our events is our top priority. All decisions regarding the necessary protocols and policies for the health and safety of our events will be guided by medical and public health advice. We are implementing changes to meet the rapidly changing conditions, guidance, and recommended best practices. As conditions change, so may protocols and guidelines.

All local events of Chicago Area Mensa are required to follow all CDC, federal, state, local, and venue requirements in hosting an event. In addition to these requirements, HalloweeM will have the additional requirements in place:

  • Currently, all registered attendees ages 12 and older will be required to show either proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test result and photo identification.
  • Attendees 18 and older must bring a photo ID that matches the name on the test result. Guests younger than 18 without ID must be accompanied by an adult with proper identification.

Attendees who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (at least 14 days after the final dose of Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson) must bring proof of vaccination to registration in order to pick up their name badge. Our definition of fully vaccinated follows that of the CDC; as of Jan. 31, 2022, a booster is not required to be fully vaccinated, but this is subject to change.

  • The final vaccination date must be 14 days or more, prior to the event start date.
  • Either the original vaccination card, a printed copy of the vaccination card, or a digital copy of the card, and a photo I.D. must be presented on arrival.

If proof of vaccination cannot be provided, attendees must bring a printed copy of the negative COVID-19 test results which matches the patron’s photo I.D. Test results must meet the following criteria:

  • Both PCR tests and antigen tests are acceptable. The test must be supervised by a third-party medical care provider, either in-person or via a real-time telehealth service. At-home tests that do not include real-time telehealth supervision will not be accepted.
  • A PCR test must be taken within 72 hours prior to your first day attending the event. For example, if you are to arrive on Thursday, the date of your test should be between Monday and Thursday.
  • Attendees who choose to take a rapid antigen test must obtain results within 24 hours of arrival. The test must be supervised by a third-party medical care provider, either in-person or via a real-time telehealth service. At-home tests that do not include real-time telehealth supervision will not be accepted.

MASK REQUIREMENT

As of April 26, 2022, the Westin Chicago North Shore and the state of Illinois do not have an indoor mask requirement. Chicago Area Mensa reserves the right to establish a mask requirement for the Regional Gathering for the safety of all attendees. A mask requirement is in place for attendees in all CAM-specific areas other than when seated in Hospitality or at the drinking programs. We will continue to monitor the COVID situation and make necessary adjustments to this policy in the best interest of all attendees. All registered attendees will be notified of any mask requirement/covid policy changes.

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