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COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS

OHBM’s first priority is the safety and welfare of all participants. OHBM is implementing these COVID-19 Safety Protocols in order to minimize and/or mitigate risks, while still enabling an In-person 2022 Annual Meeting to take place. Our safety protocols have been developed, and will be updated, based on current information on COVID-19 best practices for public meetings and international travel requirements, with input from our Scottish Events Campus partners in Glasgow, and of course, the Scottish and UK Governments as well as the US Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.

OHBM leadership is committed to hosting an outstanding in-person Annual Meeting that once again energizes, educates, inspires and stimulates our community to advance brain imaging for the benefit of all while ensuring those who participate to remain healthy. We will provide a robust virtual meeting offering for those unwilling or unable to travel and/or comply with the attendee requirements for any reason. These Safety Protocols will be updated and more details provided as the meeting date approaches. If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions for us, please don't hesitate to reach out to info@humanbrainmapping.org.


ATTENDEE REQUIREMENTS


PROOF OF VACCINATION
OHBM is requiring an up-to-date COVID-19 certificate as proof of current valid vaccination status for participation in all OHBM Annual Meeting activities including admittance to the Glasgow Scottish Events Campus, in accordance with local policy.

This policy is based on guidance and recommendations issued by the World Health Organization, leading experts including the European Commission's Coronavirus Response Team, the UK Health Security Agency, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Scottish Government, and other public health authorities. The European Medicines Agency and the US FDA have approved the use of COVID-19 vaccines which have been determined to be critical in reducing the community prevalence and further spread of COVID-19. All COVID-19 vaccines listed on the WHO public advice website will be accepted. Unfortunately, OHBM is unable to accommodate requests for vaccination exemptions, instead we are investing considerable effort and resources to ensure that the virtual offering will be a worthwhile alternative option.
 

TESTING

In-person attendees are expected to comply with all COVID-19 testing requirements including those mandated by airlines and the Glasgow government. These requirements vary by country where your flight originates and are likely to change prior to June in response to the ever evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, vaccinated travelers entering Scotland must do 3 things prior to arriving in Scotland:

  1. Ensure ability to provide proof of vaccination.
  2. Book a COVID-19 day 2 test.
    *Everyone aged 11 or over must take a COVID-19 day 2 PCR test via one of the two following methods:
    1. Use the CTM Booking Portal to book and pay £68 for this test.
    2. Buy a day 2 PCR test from a list of private providers.
  3. Complete a Passenger Locator Form on gov.uk.
    *The Passenger Locator Form may only be completed within 48 hours before arrival in Scotland.

Based on current information, OHBM is not planning to require proof of negative COVID-19 tests for daily admittance to the Annual Meeting.

Click here to learn more about Scotland's current testing requirements. And be sure to educate yourself regarding travel and re-entry requirements in your own country.
 

FACE COVERINGS
In accordance with Scottish Government Guidelines, in-person attendees will be required to wear face coverings at all times during indoor OHBM Annual Meeting activities unless actively eating, drinking or dancing. OHBM has included outdoor event venues when possible.

Scottish law mandates that all individuals must wear a face covering to fully cover the nostrils and mouth and comply with physical distancing measures that are in place.
 

PHYSICAL DISTANCING
Attendees are expected to observe local physical distancing guidelines and to provide ample space (~ 1 meter) to those around them. We have secured the entirety of the SEC event space so that we have vast physical areas to safely accommodate everyone, should we have a record turnout.
 

HYGIENE

All attendees are encouraged to wash or sanitize their hands regularly and thoroughly. Sanitizing stations will be available throughout the meeting venue.
 

SYMPTOMS

Individuals should not attend in-person events if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or are displaying symptoms that might be consistent with COVID-19. Self-isolate and secure a 2 day PCR test, resting until you have gotten a negative test result and symptoms have resolved.
 

LOCAL LAWS AND GUIDELINES

All attendees are expected to abide by local laws and guidelines pertaining to COVID-19 safety.

Click here to visit Scotland's government website and learn more about the rules currently in place.
 

HOST VENUE: SCOTTISH EVENT CAMPUS

The Scottish Event Campus (SEC) is committed to providing a safe meeting venue. Ventilation has been increased and cleaning has been enhanced, with additional focus on high touch point areas. All SEC venues including food and beverage outlets are operating on a cashless system, and attendees are encouraged to scan the QR codes on display at entry points in accordance with the Check in Scotland service dedicated to contact tracing.

Click here to learn more about the Scottish Event Campus' current COVID-19 safety measures.
 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

NHS Scotland COVID Status App (Scottish Vaccine Passport)
Protect Scotland App (Contact Tracing)
Check-In Scotland (Contact Tracing)


Disclaimer: OHBM will abide by Scottish laws and guidelines. Attendees are expected to uphold and respect the policies of the SEC and OHBM at all times. Local guidance is subject to change at any time; Attendees are responsible for ensuring familiarity with the most current laws and guidelines.

Document Revised November 30, 2021

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