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38th Annual SMA Conference

Health Protocols

The Small Museum Association is committed to protecting all attendees and conference hotel staff during the ongoing health crisis. The following health protocols were developed primarily based on responses to an August survey of the membership.

Proof of Vaccination / Negative COVID test

All attendees must provide proof that they are fully vaccinated at least two weeks before the start of the conference or a negative COIVD test 72 hours or less before the start of the conference. Documentation must be submitted online before arrival at the conference, and information about how to provide documentation will be included with registration confirmations.

Masks Required at All Times

All attendees must wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth and fit tightly to the face at all times, except when eating or drinking, regardless of vaccination status. This is currently mandated by Prince George's County, and hotel staff are also currently required to follow these masking guidelines. Neck gaiters, bandanas, masks with exhalation valves, or clear shield-like face masks are not permitted to be worn as face coverings.

Digital Conference Program

Attendees are encouraged to utilize our digital conference program, which will be available on the web and as a mobile app. Information about how to access the digital program will be included with registration confirmations.

Social Distancing

Attendance in breakout sessions may be limited, and attendees are encouraged to indicate their plan to attend breakout sessions within the digital program. Social distancing during meals is a priority, and more information will be available about this as soon as possible.

Sanitization and Environmental Systems

The conference hotel has hand sanitizer stations available, and staff sanitize high touch areas regularly. The hotel also has HVAC systems that provide optimal air exchange as well as filtration and sanitization of air in event spaces and public areas. Find out more on their website.


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