Health & Safety Information

Thank you for your interest in CSAC’s 2021 Annual Meeting in Monterey County!

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We wish to notify you of some recent changes that were made to help strengthen the health and safety measures at the Annual Meeting.

  • All attendees must wear masks while indoors at the 2021 Annual Meeting, including the Portola Hotel and Spa, the Monterey Conference Center, and the Marriott Hotel, except while eating or drinking during meals and receptions.

  • All attendees will be required to provide a record of their complete COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result (completed within 72 hours prior to attending). Per the CDC, participants must be two weeks past the date of their final vaccination to be considered fully vaccinated.

We will send information to all registrants in a separate email of how to provide a record of their complete COVID-19 vaccination or negative test once the process has been finalized. Every participant plays a critical role mitigating the risk of COVID-19. CSAC appreciates your assistance in collectively contributing to a safe and healthy environment

The Monterey County Board of Supervisors voted on September 28 to adopt an urgency ordinance for a mask mandate . The ordinance requires all residents over the age of two (2), both in cities and unincorporated areas, to wear face coverings in public indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status. 

Exemptions include when residents are in their own homes; with family members; alone in a closed room; taking part in an activity where masks cannot be worn, such as eating or having a medical procedure; or where all people present show proof of vaccination. 

The mandate goes into effect starting October 29 and will be only take effect when Monterey County’s Community Transmission Rate (CTR) is either “substantial” or “high,” as calculated by the CDC. The mask requirements would be triggered seven days after the County’s CTR transitions from “moderate” or “low” to “substantial” or “high.” The mandate would end either following the transition of the county’s CTR from “substantial” or “high” to “moderate” or “low,” or upon order of the Board of Supervisors, unless renewed or extended. 

As of October 6, Monterey County’s transmission rate is currently high. To find the CTR for Monterey County, visit this CDC website .


As of July 19, 2021 Monterey County recommends that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in public spaces.  All Monterey County businesses are adhering to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for face coverings

The CDC announced  that fully vaccinated people can resume normal activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing in most settings, unless required by federal, state, local, or tribal laws, rules, and regulations, or local businesses. Based on CDC guidance and the California Department of Public Health Order, wearing a mask indoors or socially distancing is not required for individuals who are fully vaccinated, but those who are unvaccinated must wear a mask and social distance. Individuals who feel more comfortable wearing a mask are also encouraged to do so. 

CSAC and its meeting partners are actively working to put in place additional safety measures for the wellbeing and comfort of our participants. Hand sanitizer and face masks will also be available for members who would like them. CSAC will continue to update this information as the Annual Meeting week approaches. 
Every participant – attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and staff – plays a critical role mitigating the risk of COVID-19. CSAC appreciates your assistance in collectively contributing to a safe and healthy environment by adhering to the health and safety measures at this Meeting. When we all collectively respect the significance of this contribution, we are advocating for the safety and well-being of our members and fellow conference participants. 
You are encouraged to bring your own masks; however, masks will also be provided to supplement your own supply. Hand sanitizer will also be provided to each attendee and hand sanitizer stations will be positioned throughout the Meeting space. 

In addition, CSAC encourages all participants to:
  • Use social distancing and forgo forms of close physical contact. Be particularly mindful in areas where it may be harder to keep this distance, such as check-in areas and routes of entry and exit.
  • Be mindful of hygiene measures – proper handwashing, sneezing into your arm or a tissue, and other hygiene methods.
  • Evaluate their own health and that of people they are in close contact with. Persons who have tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for COVID-19 test results, are showing COVID-19 symptoms, or who have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for, or who has symptoms of COVID-19, should not attend the conference.
Given the nature of COVID-19, CSAC cannot eliminate the risk to those that may be exposed to or contract COVID-19 regardless of the care taken to avoid such risks. CSAC is counting on everyone who attends to conduct themselves in a manner that creates a safe environment for everyone. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to an exciting and engaging 2021 Annual Meeting! 

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