health protocols

Below you will find the health & safety protocols for this year's convention & exposition.

Updated September 6, 2023

It is up to us all to protect ourselves and others by following recommendations to prevent illness from COVID-19. No single action on its own can completely prevent you and others from getting sick, so it is best to do multiple things to protect yourself when and where you can. Use the CDC: COVID-19 by County tool to check the COVID-19 hospital admission level in your area and learn what prevention measures are recommended for you. Mystic Lake Center is located in Scott County.
  • Get vaccinated and stay up to date to have the best protection. Attendees are encouraged to be vaccinated and boosted. For more information on what staying up to date means for you, go here.
  • If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19, wear a mask for 10 days following the close contact. Learn about masking, testing, and other recommended precautions here
  • Get tested. It is especially important to get tested if you have symptoms or were in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
  • Avoid contact with people who have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
  • Stay home if you are sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive, stay home and away from others (isolate). Learn more here.
  • Wear a well-fitting, high-quality mask when recommended or required. You can also choose to wear a mask when it makes you feel safer, regardless of your individual risk or the CDC COVID-19 hospital admission level for your county. Wear the most protective mask or respirator available to you that fits well and that you will wear consistently.
    • When the hospital admission level is high, everyone should wear a mask in public settings.
    • When the hospital admission level is medium, people who are immunocompromised or at higher risk of severe illness should wear a mask indoors in public settings and may want to consider wearing a mask at the medium level in crowded outdoor settings. They also should consider wearing a mask in public settings even when the hospital admission level is low.
    • When around someone who is immunocompromised or at high risk of severe illness, people should consider wearing a mask to protect them, regardless of the hospital admission level. They should also consider self-testing to detect infection before being around them.
    • Learn more about recommendations for when to wear a mask and about the types of masks for better protection here
  • Wash your hands. Learn more at CDC: When and How to Wash Your Hands.

The protocols will be finalized in the fall to ensure the well-being of all Convention & Exposition participants. Please check this page frequently for updates leading up to the convention & exposition dates.


Contact us for questions about registration or educational content for convention. We're here to help! Our toll-free number is 1-800-462-0024.

Shauna Kapsner
Shauna Kapsner
Director of Education & Events

Loni Lagro
Education Support Specialist