Conference experience, health, and safety

Updated December 8, 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 Westin Pittsburgh, and Practice Greenhealth/Health Care Without Harm health care professionals, we will be adhering to the following conference 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 2023 in Pittsburgh, PA, you agree to abide by, engage in, and respect individual choices for certain health and safety practices while attending the conference and other affiliated events.

Guiding principles

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

Vaccination. As professionals in health care, we expect attendees to be vaccinated and appropriately boosted. Please help us provide a healthy, safe, and enjoyable CleanMed conference experience for all.

Hand washing and sanitizing. Use hand sanitizer throughout the conference and engage in recommended hand washing per CDC guidance. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the conference spaces.

Face coverings. Feel comfortable wearing a mask if you’d like. Wearing masks is highly recommended but optional, and you are responsible for providing your own mask. We’ll have a limited supply in case you forget a mask or leave it in your room and need one. Please check with the CleanMed registration desk when you’re on site.

Testing before CleanMed. We suggest testing within twenty-four(24) hours before your travel to CleanMed. If you test positive, the CDC recommends that you stay home for five (5) days and isolate from others in your home. Staying home to limit exposure, recuperate, and be comfortable is our recommended best practice also. 

Testing at CleanMed. Drug stores and pharmacy options will be provided and we’ll have a limited supply of COVID-19 tests as needed. Please check with the CleanMed registration desk when you’re on site.

Enhanced cleaning. Frequent and improved cleaning will take place in the Westin Pittsburgh and conference center. For more information, see the Marriott Commitment to Clean standards.

These recommended guidelines and best practices are a living document that will continue to evolve if venue and local standards change. We continue to monitor the current public health guidance 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 join us in Pittsburgh.

Travel and local information

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. 

As of December 7, like in nearly all parts of the country, Pittsburgh ordinances no longer require masks (mask mandate) for indoor gatherings or events. Area COVID-19 information can be found here.

City of Pittsburgh COVID-19 information

Allegheny County COVID-19 information

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 Pittsburgh International (PIT) 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.