Last Updated: March 10, 2022

COVID-19 Safety Measures

The health and safety of attendees and participants has been a hallmark of NIRSA events since well before the pandemic. And NIRSA’s return to in-person learning will happen in concert with local health officials and venue partners to ensure a safe conference environment that facilitates learning and networking. Please continue to check this page for the most up to date COVID-19 safety information. 

Vaccination/Testing requirements

As of March 12, 2022, the Oregon Convention Center will no longer require vaccinations or negative test results for events. While the 2022 NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo will no longer require proof of vaccinations or negative test results to attend, please be aware that local businesses including restaurants may require proof of vaccination for entry.

Visit the Oregon Convention Center’s COVID-19 safety measures page to learn more about venue requirements, local testing options, and safety precautions.

Mask requirements

State and local health officials have announced that indoor mask requirements will be lifted in Oregon as of March 12, 2022. While there will no longer be a mask requirement at the 2022 NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo, we support and encourage masking for anyone that prefers to wear one.

While our event will not require masks, many local businesses may continue to require them.  Please be aware that TriMet — Portland’s public transportation system — requires masks on all buses and trains per federal guidelines.

Additional safety information

NIRSA will make every effort to ensure health and safety measures are followed at the conference to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible, but we cannot do this alone. We ask that all attendees do their part by taking personal responsibility and remaining vigilant about their own health, including:

  • Staying home if you are not feeling well or are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms  
  • Following all federal, state, and local mask guidelines
  • Washing your hands frequently and/or using hand sanitizer

We will continue to update our health and safety measures as needed, to provide a safe environment for all attendees.

Refund policy

Please be advised that our posted refund policy will remain enforced. Exceptions to the refund policy for attendees will be considered in the case of a positive COVID case that prevents travel to the event. Requests for exceptions need to be submitted in writing with supporting documentation and will be considered following the event.

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