The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is committed to delivering a safe and welcoming national convention experience. Part of this commitment, as detailed in the NFB’s 2022 National Convention Safety Protocols, is requiring all convention attendees to test negative for the COVID-19 virus before participating in the convention itself. The protocols are as follows:
- All attendees must provide a negative COVID-19 test result prior to registering in-person or picking up online registration materials.
- Tests must have been performed no more than seventy-two (72) hours prior to check-in at the convention hotels (either the Marriott or Sheraton).
- Test results will be accepted from either a laboratory test (e.g., an RT-PCR test) or an FDA-approved rapid test (e.g., a point-of-care or at-home self-test).
- Negative test results may be emailed in advance to [email protected] Emailed results should include, at a minimum, the individual’s first and last name, city, and state. Negative test results may also be presented in-person at the hotel.
- Attendees must demonstrate negative test status via a time-stamped photo, screenshot, PDF, or other electronic or hardcopy document generated as a result of the administered test.
- Tests will be administered at the Marriott New Orleans by a third-party provider for those who did not or were unable to test prior to arriving at the hotel. Testing will be conducted at the Marriott and will begin the afternoon of Monday, July 4.
- Attendees that have tested negative or provided proof of a negative test will be given a wristband—reading “Together in NOLA 2022” in Braille—indicating their negative status.
- Attendees must present their wristband when picking up registration packets or registering for convention onsite.
- Attendees are asked to wear their wristband and/or name badge at all NFB events throughout the convention. Attendees may be asked to produce a wristband or name tag at any time if neither is readily visible.
Q: I am attending an event early in convention week (e.g., the O&M Conference, a NOPBC event, setup in the exhibit hall, etc.). Do I need to have a wristband before participating?
A: All attendees MUST demonstrate proof of a negative COVID test before participating in any convention-related activities. All attendees are strongly encouraged to get tested in advance of their arrival. Onsite testing will be available on Monday, July 4 to ensure attendees the opportunity to get tested before the event begins.
Q: I will be attending convention with my infant. Do small children have to be tested?
A: All attendees MUST demonstrate proof of a negative COVID test. There are no age limit exceptions.
Q: What if I begin to experience symptoms of COVID-19 during convention?
A: You should be tested either through the NFB's onsite testing process at the hotel, by visiting an urgent care clinic, or by taking a self-administered rapid test. Information about area COVID testing resources can be found at the New Orleans city services page.
Q: What if I test positive for COVID-19 during convention?
A: In the event that an attendee tests positive, they will be asked to quarantine for five days in their hotel room unless attendee chooses to depart. Both convention hotels are equipped to assist with quarantine restrictions.