Updated June 2, 2022.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, The UW Center for Cooperatives and host co-op Sioux Falls Food Co-op consider the health and safety of all who attend the CCMA 2022 including our attendees, staff, partners, exhibitors, and on-site vendors/service providers as our top priority. We are committed to facilitating optimal health and safety conditions throughout our event as described below.
Vaccines – Conference organizers strongly encourage all attendees who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 booster if they haven’t already. The Sioux Falls Food Co-op is lifting the requirement for conference attendees to show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test to attend the conference.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Minnehaha County in South Dakota currently has a community spread level of LOW. CDC prevention steps for Low Community Level include staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and getting tested if you are having any symptoms. However, attendees travel from around the country to attend and may be traveling from an area with medium or high community spread.
Masking Policy – CDC guidance for wearing a mask is now based upon your COVID-19 Community Level. Per the CDC website, “COVID-19 Community Levels are a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. Take precautions to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 based on the COVID-19 Community Level in your area.” When a community is at the low or medium level, people may choose to wear a mask, but they’re not required to do so. In a community at the high level, people should wear a mask indoors. Sioux Falls and Minnehaha County currently have a low community level, but we will keep attendees apprised of any changes. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask regardless of community level.
Knowing that attendees are traveling from across the country and from areas that may have medium or high levels of community spread, attendees are encouraged to wear masks at the conference.
CCMA organizers will have masks (N95s and KN95s) onsite for attendees who wish to use one.
These recommendations will be updated as the CDC continues to assess conditions on an ongoing basis. CCMA organizers will closely monitor policies and regulations when establishing health and safety requirements for CCMA 2022.
NOTE: These policies and protocols are subject to change and all registered attendees will be required to follow protocols as they are finalized before or during the conference.