COVID-19 Response & Protocols

With the return to in-person events in 2022, the SIG team is dedicated to ensuring a great experience while keeping you safe during ongoing pandemic conditions in the U.S. You can rest assured that as we plan for our 2022 SIG event programming, the safety of our attendees, sponsors, and staff is our top priority. Please see all the measures below that we will be following to ensure everyone’s safety regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

In partnership with the various location venues, SIG will adhere to all official government and local authority guidance, as well as any venue- or location-specific regulations.

SIG will continue to assess evolving public health guidance regarding public gatherings and will provide updates and additional guidance here as we refine our planning. If you have any additional questions, please contact us at

Last Updated June 8, 2022


Keep Yourself Informed

Our main concern is the health and safety of our global members and program participants. We encourage our members to follow the travel restrictions in effect where they reside and, if traveling, when they arrive at their destination. We encourage all to practice preventative measures such as those outlined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

SIG also encourages all members and attendees of our global events to review current information for domestic travel during COVID-19.

Vaccinations & Testing Policy

  • We highly encourage all participants attending SIG events in any capacity to be fully vaccinated. 
  • SIG requests that any unvaccinated participants receive a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival to the SIG event. 
  • Compliance of these protocols will be required before anyone is allowed to enter the event.

If You Are Sick or Exposed to Someone with COVID-19

  • If you have a temperature, are showing any potential symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been in close contact with anyone that has tested positive for COVID-19 within 10 days of the event, then you need to stay home and request a refund.
  • The SIG team will not be conducting temperature checks at the event.

If you don’t feel well, please stay home. Potential COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Face Masks

 The ever-heated debate: To mask or not to mask? Here’s the short answer: If it’s required in the city of a SIG event, it will be required at that particular event. If there is no mask mandate in the city or venue in which the SIG event is taking place, then wearing a mask becomes a personal choice for each of us and we encourage everyone to be respectful and considerate of one another’s choice. Plan accordingly and please always have a mask on-hand.