Welcome to the 2022 AUA Annual Meeting Health and Safety Resource Center. This webpage will be updated with information about AUA’s plans for health and safety protocols for AUA2022 attendees, exhibitors, vendors, guests and staff. Our goal is to host a safe and meaningful Annual Meeting. The AUA will abide by and follow all CDC guidelines, as well as state, local and federal regulations. We will continue to update this page, so please check back for news and additional guidance.
AUA COVID-19 Safety Policies
Current as of December 14, 2021
The AUA will be instituting a COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination or Negative Test Result Entry Protocol for AUA2022.
In practice, this means all AUA2022 in-person attendees, exhibitors, vendors, guests and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide negative test results taken 72-hours or less from the time of entry in order to gain access to any on-site and in-person AUA2022 course, program, event, reception, meeting, etc. There is no higher priority for the AUA than delivering a safe and successful Annual Meeting, and we believe this is the safest approach for the well-being of our audience.
Please visit our COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination or Negative Test Result Entry Protocol FAQs for additional information.
On-site Safety Measures
We thank you in advance for adhering to all safety protocols, including the AUA Code of Conduct, during AUA2022. The following measures will be in place to support a safe environment for all AUA2022 on-site attendees, exhibitors, vendors, guests and staff:
Health and Safety
- New Orleans Emergency Medical Services (NOEMS) has been designated by the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center as the exclusive provider of care and health screenings to all AUA2022 attendees, exhibitors, vendors and staff. NOEMS operates in accordance with COVID-19 standard operating procedures to ensure the best practices of local and national health agencies are followed.
- It is recommended on-site attendees, exhibitors, vendors, staff and guests report any COVID-19 related symptoms or possible exposure concern to NOEMS.
- Should any attendee present a fever or related symptom, NOEMS will provide the attendee with a new face covering, administer a temperature check, and, if deemed necessary, refer the attendee for further evaluation and testing.
- A private health room will be made available for the screening of any attendee experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
- A separate first-aid room will be available for all other general health-related concerns or injuries.
- COVID-19 rapid antigen and PCR testing services will be available on-site at the attendee's expense throughout the Annual Meeting show dates.
- Be mindful and respectful of personal space while participating in AUA2022 activities and programs. Distanced seating in meeting rooms and all other areas is based on personal preference.
- The AUA and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center will have disposable masks available upon request.
- The Convention Center has attained the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® STAR Facility accreditation on outbreak prevention, response and recovery. Convention Center staff systematically and frequently sanitize "high-touch" surfaces in restrooms, escalators, elevators and other service areas using EPA-registered disinfectants designed for emerging viral pathogens.
- Health and first-aid rooms will be thoroughly sanitized and ventilated in between use.
- Exhibitors will be responsible for supplying disinfectant wipes for their booth(s) and maintaining a clean environment, including all high-touch surfaces, throughout show hours.
Staying Safe in New Orleans
- Anyone 12 years of age and older must provide proof of at least one dose of an approved COVID vaccine or negative PCR, molecular, or antigen test taken within 72 hours, to access indoor restaurants, bars and entertainment or performance venues in New Orleans. Safety policies may vary by establishment. Please visit City of New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for further details regarding current city-wide safety guidance and local COVID-19 resources.
- All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation.
- Consider downloading the Louisiana COVID Defense Contact Tracing App to your smart phone using Apple Store or Google Play to receive secure and private notifications if you are potentially exposed to COVID-19 while visiting New Orleans.
International Travel Guidance
Effective November 8, non U.S. citizens are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States. Some exemptions on a limited basis may apply. If you are a non U.S. citizen or nonimmigrant and are fully vaccinated, make sure your vaccine and proof of vaccination are acceptable to board a flight to the United States.
All air passengers ages 2 or older, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, must show a negative result of a COVID-19 viral test taken no more than one (1) day before traveling by air to the United States.
Travel guidance is subject to change. International attendees are encouraged to routinely check current travel restrictions to the U.S. by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) before planning your travel to make sure you still qualify to enter the U.S.
For additional international travel guidance, including information for obtaining a VISA please visit our International Attendee Guide.
For more information and resources we encourage you to visit the following resources:
CDC Booster Shot Guidance
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travel Guide
City of New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
Louisiana COVID Defense Contact Tracing
Louisiana Department of Health
Travel Requirements by Country
World Health Organization COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker
World Health Organization EU/PQ Evaluation Status