For the 2022 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™, October 8-11 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla., the Academy will follow the latest developments in COVID-19 safety protocols and legal requirements. While the Academy strongly recommends that all registrants, exhibitors and guests be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Florida law prohibits the Academy from requiring proof of vaccination as a prerequisite for admission to FNCE® 2022.
Based on current guidelines, the Academy has adopted the following meeting entry requirements and onsite safety and health protocols for FNCE® 2022. The Academy may alter these requirements and protocols as public health guidance or local and venue requirements evolve.
To receive a FNCE® 2022 badge, all in-person attendees, exhibitors and guests will be required to show proof of one of the following:
- Full vaccination against COVID-19 (vaccination card)
- A negative COVID-19 PCR test result obtained within 72 hours prior to badge pick-up.
The Academy will provide an online (mobile) system for attendees to conveniently and securely confirm proof of full vaccination or negative test results. More details to come.
For entry to FNCE® 2022, “full vaccination” is defined as:
- 2 weeks after the second dose in a two-dose series (and at least one booster if your primary doses were 5 or more months ago)
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine (and at least one booster if your primary dose was 5 or more months ago)
This guidance applies to COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use and emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (i.e., Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson/Janssen) and COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use by the World Health Organization (i.e., AstraZeneca/Oxford, Covishield, Sinopharm and Sinovac).
The Academy strongly encourages all attendees, exhibitors, speakers and staff members to obtain vaccine booster doses in compliance with the latest U.S. Centers for Disease Control guidance.
More information on vaccines and boosters can be found on the CDC’s website.
Anyone who does not show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result dated within 72 hours before check-in at registration, or is not able to show proof of full vaccination, will not be permitted to enter FNCE® 2022 or any related programs and events until they can satisfy these meeting entry requirements. This policy also applies to all attendees at Academy and FNCE®-related social events.
Masks at FNCE®
Updated: May 12, 2022 — Masks are optional at FNCE®.
In areas with substantial and high COVID-19 transmission, the CDC recommends that everyone — even fully vaccinated people — wear masks in public and indoor settings. You are responsible for bringing your own mask.
The mask requirement may be revised if local conditions and public health recommendations change.
Onsite Health and Safety Measures
The following protocols will be in place during FNCE® 2022 (subject to change):
- Portable and wall-mounted hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the Orange County Convention Center.
- Frequent cleaning and disinfecting will be performed on commonly touched surfaces and in high-traffic areas.
- Restrooms will have touch-free surfaces, including automatically flushing toilets, hands-free faucets, paper towel dispensers and hand dryers.
- All attendees, exhibitors, guests and staff should:
- Stay out of the Orange County Convention Center if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19.
- Wash hands often with soap or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Engage in responsible health and safety practices at all times and in all FNCE®-related locations.
Please continue to check this page for additional details and updates as FNCE® 2022 approaches.