HEALTH AND SAFETY

Your health and safety is the highest priority for us at Yankee 2022.
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COVID-19 temporarily changed the way we use our venues, but what didn’t change is the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center's commitment to customer excellence and service to the public. And now, they are ready to get back to doing what they do best – learn more about the BCEC hosting world-class events and bringing people back together.


On-Site Protocols
On-Site Protocols: What You Need to Know to Attend Yankee Dental Congress 2022

Getting into the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC)
There will be security checkpoints at the following entrances:
•    North Lobby
•    Westin Skybridge
•    Southeast & Northeast Level 0 
•    Northeast Level 1

Attendees/Exhibitors with a Badge
If you have received your badge by mail, you will proceed to any of the above checkpoints and show an approved version of your vaccination card. (Learn more about the current forms of acceptable vaccine verification and Medical/Religious exemptions below.) Once you are cleared, you will not need to show your card again.

Attendees/Exhibitors Without a Badge
If you have not received your badge yet, you will need to proceed to one of the checkpoints listed above and show an approved version of your vaccination card. Once through security, you will proceed to Registration to get your badge. Staff at Registration will mark you as cleared. Keep in mind that if you arrive at the BCEC during the hours when Registration is closed, and you are unable to pick up your badge, you may have to show your card more than once until you receive approval.


Vaccination'
Vaccination 

In accordance with the City of Boston's B Together Initiative, all people over the age of 12 will be required to present a CDC vaccination card, an image of an official immunization card, or an image of an official immunization record to enter the BCEC. Patrons and workers will need to show proof of at least one vaccine shot.

The current forms of acceptable verification are as follows:

a.    Vaccination Cards
b.    Pictures (phone or printed)
c.    Print outs of vaccination card
d.    Designated COVID Apps (i.e. Clear, etc.) 
e.    No ID Required as part of verification process

*Please note: Proof of vaccination will not be required to check in to hotels in Boston, however it will be required to enter hotel restaurants and to attend receptions.  

Medical/Religious Exemptions
If you require a medical/religious exemption for the vaccine, please download and fill out the COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption Form or contact Yankee Customer Service at to receive the form. This form must be completed and returned via email to yankeedental@massdental.org by January 20, 2022.
IMPORTANT: It is not possible to submit the form on site, this must be done prior to the event by January 20, 2022.

*Please note: Proof of vaccination will not be required to check in to hotels in Boston, however it will be required to enter hotel restaurants and to attend receptions.
This applies to exemptions as well. If you do have a medical or religious  exemption, you will be able to check into hotels and attend courses, and eat at food outlets inside the BCEC. However, this exemption is not accepted at restaurants outside of the BCEC, so the only dining options for those with exemptions are room service or takeout.

Please be sure to have the required proof of vaccination with you when you enter the BCEC. Learn more about the City of Boston's official protocols

Personal Protective Equipment
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 

At this time the City of Boston mandates the wearing of masks in public places. This requires Yankee to be a mask mandatory event. Masks are required for the BCEC, Hotels, restaurants, and transportation. For guidance on wearing masks please see the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guide for Masks. Yankee will have additional masks available on site.


Enhanced Cleaning

Enhanced Cleaning

The BCEC will regularly clean and sanitize spaces across the show venue using the latest in cleaning technology, including electrostatic sprayers and EPA certified, hospital grade disinfectants that disinfect in 60 seconds. During the event, the BCEC will clean all common areas, classrooms, and restrooms.

HVAC System
The BCEC has over 25 dedicated Twin Air handler units that can move millions of cubic feet of air per hour. In addition, the building converted to a Merv 13 Filtration.


Personal Hygiene

Hand Hygiene

Hand hygiene is the foundation of our safety plan. We encourage all of all event attendees to wash their hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer as often as possible.


Cashless Transactions
Cashless Transactions

Limit touch points throughout the facilities including through cashless systems for purchases and transactions.


Physical Distancing
Physical Distancing

Better enable social distancing by providing space between seats in classes and other areas where attendees congregate. *All course ticket sales have been limited to 60-70% of full capacity to allow for social distancing.


Stethescope

Medical Services

Provide on-site access to health service and medical aid.

 


DID YOU KNOW?

  • The BCEC has a hospital-grade HVAC system, and completely exchanges the air in the building frequently.
  • The BCEC utilized the highest-rated Merv Factor Filter to ensure clean air.
  • Yankee will be disinfecting classrooms between sessions.
  • We are committed to following the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).