Last Updated: January 19, 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 protect the safety of employees, contracted partners, clients, guests, and the Portland community, the Oregon Convention Center implemented new COVID-19 Safety Measures for upcoming events, including the 2022 NIRSA Annual Conference & Campus Rec and Wellness Expo. As a leader in recreation and wellbeing, NIRSA supports the safety measures put in place by local officials and facility operators to ensure a safe conference environment that facilitates learning and networking.

Vaccination/Testing requirements

All attendees, exhibitors, presenters, contractors, and event staff participating in the 2022 NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo will be required to follow at least one of these safety measures:

  1. Demonstrate proof of full vaccination.*
  1. Produce a negative COVID-19 PCR or Rapid test result within 72 hours of the first day of the conference.

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Details about how proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or Rapid test will be managed will be shared ahead of NIRSA 2022 registration opening.

*The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers an individual fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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 mandated “masks, face coverings or face shields are required in all indoor spaces.” Additional information can be found on the Oregon Health Authority Mask Recommendations & Requirements page.

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 local and statewide 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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