COVID-19 safety

Updated January 20, 2022

As you prepare for your trip, please know we’ve made updates to your CleanMed conference experience. Based on recent data and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local agencies, the Loews Hotel Kansas City, and Practice Greenhealth/Health Care Without Harm health care professionals, we will be adhering to the following COVID-19 safety protocols.

The safety of all our registrants and conference attendees, as well as both CleanMed and hotel staff is of utmost importance to Practice Greenhealth/Health Care Without Harm. By attending CleanMed 2022 in Kansas City, MO, you agree to abide by and engage in certain health and safety practices while attending the conference and other affiliated events. This includes, but is not limited to, requiring vaccination as referenced below, wearing a mask at all times unless actively eating or drinking, maintaining appropriate physical distancing when possible, and not attending the event if you are ill or have been recently exposed to COVID-19. These protocols are a living document that will continue to evolve as venue and local standards change.

We continue to monitor the evolving public health guidance regarding large gathering settings and will provide regular updates on this webpage as well as via email to registered attendees. Please see below for important details to know before you visit you join us in Kansas City.

Guiding principles

Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm support the following hallmarks of evidence-based safety:

Vaccines

Proof of full vaccination (including boosters for those eligible) against COVID-19 prior to entering the conference venue, will be required for all attendees, sponsors, and CleanMed staff. For more information on booster eligibility or other recommendations, please visit the vaccine page on the CDC website.

CleanMed staff will verify vaccination upon registration and/or credential pick-up at the conference site in Kansas City, MO. We’ll provide specific instructions prior to the event.

Face coverings

Practice Greenhealth, Health Care Without Harm, and CleanMed will require masks to be worn at CleanMed 2022, regardless of local regulations and/or guidance. Based on the current conditions immediately prior to CleanMed, we may provide specific requirements as to the type(s) of masks (e.g. cloth mask, surgical mask, N95, etc.) that will be required and/or allowed.

You are allowed to take off your mask when you are actively eating or drinking at the conference venue and at meal functions. We also recommend that you maintain this practice for meals outside of the CleanMed events or venue, if possible.

Enhanced cleaning

Frequent and improved cleaning will take place in the Loews Hotel and conference center. For more information on the venue specific protocols, please see an overview of the Loews Hotels & Co protocols. 

To further prevent the spread of COVID-19 at CleanMed 2022, hand sanitizer in meeting rooms and hand sanitizer stations in common areas will be provided. In addition, conveniently located rest rooms throughout the host venue may be found for hand washing.

We also recommend attendees and travelers bring their own hand sanitizer for those moments when you may not have convenient access as mentioned above.

In the spirit of transparency and communication, we are providing links to COVID-19 regulations, recommendations, and/or safety protocols for the local agencies in our venue city below. Please note, however, that the CleanMed 2022 COVID-19 safety protocols referenced above will rule-the-day for the entirety of the conference. 

Travel

Effective August 20, 2021, per Kansas City Ordinance 210694, “Masks must be worn over the nose and mouth by all patrons and employees regardless of vaccination status while indoors. This excludes those under the age of 5 or those with a disability who cannot safely wear a mask.” You can read more about local guidance here.

While many have traveled by air since the pandemic began, we encourage those who have not to review the safety protocols for your home airport. Information on Kansas City International (MCI) airport’s safety and health efforts can be found here.

International travel

To ensure entry to the U.S. and upon return to your home country, international attendees should check current travel restrictions on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website before planning travel.