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Health and safety for SPIE Photonics West

We are monitoring the situation and will keep this page updated. Last update: 4 October 2021

Together, we can create a safe and successful event

SPIE Photonics West will safely bring the community together in January 2022. Based on rules from federal, state, and local authorities we will take guidance that provides the most safety for our attendees. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and masks will be required for all participants.

Requirements may change so please check back as the event approaches.

Masked woman navigates the Moscone Center for SPIE Photonics West

Proof of vaccination and masks will be required for everyone at Photonics West 2022


SPIE and our event partners aim to provide a safe event for all attendees. We are in the process of determining how best to safely collect and confirm vaccination status. More information will be available soon on this web page.

All event participants are expected to understand and follow the safe event requirements outlined below.

SPIE safe meeting protocols 

This page reflects current rules and expectations and will be kept up to date as any requirements change.

  • SPIE will follow the latest published requirements and safe gathering protocols established in the location where each event occurs
  • Among national, state, local, or facility-specific rules or recommendations SPIE will apply the most restrictive of the applicable controls. In San Francisco, that means proof of vaccination is required based on city-specific rules; source: C19-07-Safer-Return-Together-Health-Order.pdf
  • Rules applied by SPIE may change if local, state, or federal rules change prior to or during an event

What to expect at SPIE Photonics West

As an event over 1,000 attendees taking place in San Francisco after 15 September 2021 Photonics West will comply with the San Francisco mandate COVID-19 Health Order C19-07y

Expectations:

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination* will be required for all attendees and staff (a negative COVID test is not a replacement for a COVID vaccination)
  • Vaccines authorized to prevent COVID-19 by the US FDA or by the World Health Organization (WHO) will satisfy the City of San Francisco requirements; source: C19-07-Safer-Return-Together-Health-Order.pdf (sfdph.org) 
  • Masks will be mandatory for all indoor spaces
  • Enhanced sanitation measures will be taken throughout the event
  • Masks and hand sanitizers will be widely available

*This verification of WHO-approved vaccine will be accomplished via an app or web-based system available in the weeks before and during the event.


How we can all help

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Respect the personal space and comfort level of others (note that individual comfort levels will vary and some people may prefer touchless greetings or elbow bumps instead of handshakes)
  • Do not attend if you are not feeling well
  • SPIE will make available an onsite COVID-19 testing lab to accommodate anyone who may desire or need a rapid test

Traveling to the United States

For information on traveling to the United States, please visit the Hotel and Travel page


What to expect in San Francisco

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination may be required at area businesses
  • Masks are required for all indoor activities
  • Respect local area mandates and requirements