Duty of Care**

During these challenging times, AAAE and Bird Strike Committee USA are committed to continuing to provide a safe and healthy environment for all event participants and staff. While AAAE and Bird Strike Committee USA cannot guarantee that attendees will not become infected with COVID-19, AAAE and Bird Strike Committee USA have adopted preventative measures to reduce the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus at our events in accordance with guidance provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and event venues. In addition, AAAE and Bird Strike Committee USA will comply with all applicable requirements imposed by federal, state, or local health authorities for the locality in which any event is taking place. However, the responsibility for a safe and healthy event environment is shared among the event organizers, event venues, and event attendees. Towards this end, all attendees are expected to comply with all applicable requirements imposed by federal, state, or local health authorities for the locality in which an event is taking place, and in addition to our code of conduct, they are expected to adhere to and abide by the safety precautions AAAE and Bird Strike Committee USA implement to protect against the spread of COVID-19 such as vaccination, testing, social distancing where applicable, mask wearing, personal hygiene and hand sanitization, self-monitoring and self-reporting.

Specifically, all attendees will be required to either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to attending an event or have had a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of arriving at an event. Attendees should be prepared to provide proof of such vaccination or negative test result, and AAAE and Bird Strike Committee USA are utilizing the application VeriFLY from our long-time trusted partner Daon, Inc., for this purpose. Further, you should not attend an event if you are experiencing, or within the 10 days prior to an event have experienced, symptoms associated with COVID-19. You also should not attend an event if you believe that you may have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are not yet cleared as non-contagious by state or local public health authorities or the health care team responsible for your treatment. In addition, attendees should self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and are asked to contact aaaemeetings@aaae.org if they experience symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive for the COVID-19 virus within 10 days after participating in an event. Any private health or personal data that may be received in connection with such measures and precautions will be treated with the utmost care to protect its confidentiality and will only be disclosed as necessary to ensure the safety and health of attendees.

Once on site at an event, AAAE and Bird Strike Committee USA require all attendees regularly and thoroughly wash or sanitize their hands throughout the day, observe social distancing guidelines where applicable, and wear facial coverings at all times in meeting and event spaces.

Please note that by checking the box when registering for an event, you agree to adhere to the precautions and policies contained herein and acknowledge and understand that you are knowingly and freely assuming all risks related to illness and infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, by attending this event. Further, as with our Code of Conduct, you understand that refusal to adhere to these policies and abide by these precautions may result in immediate removal from the event and cancellation of the registration, without receiving a refund.

**All AAAE and Bird Strike Committee USA policies, including those contained herein, are subject to change.  Should changes be made, a notification will be sent to all registered attendees.