Update Regarding Masking and Vaccinations
We are committed to creating an event where our community, partners, staff and local workforce can have an enjoyable and successful experience, conduct business effectively and do all of this in safety and comfort.
Please take a note of some new requirements and efforts we’ve made to ensure this. We will continue to update these as needed based on any changing requirements.
Informa Connect Life Sciences requires all attendees to either show proof of vaccination against Covid-19 or proof of a test for Covid-19 taken within the last 72 hours with a negative result.
- We will be making a visual in-person check of vaccination proof /negative test on site. We do not wish to transmit or store health data electronically, and so all checks will be done in person. This means we are unable to do this in advance.
- Proof of vaccination can be the vaccination card, a photo or photo-copy of the vaccination card, or a letter from a doctor confirming vaccination has taken place.
- Proof of negative test result can be printed or digital, and must include the date and the result. Proof can be whatever form the testing clinic provided, whether an email, a screen shot or a letter.
If for some reason you are unable to provide either of these, testing facilities will be available on site, and you will be able to use these to meet the documentation criteria.
While in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, you will be required to wear a mask. This includes all the conference areas. This requirement is determined by the recent City mandates on vaccinations and masking.
The BCEC recently made significant upgrades to ventilation systems due to field hospital operations and the need to meet the standards of hospital ventilation and air circulation. Importantly, The BCEC has improved its air filtration media to a MERV 13 rated HEPA filter per CDC and OSHA Guidelines. Further details can be found here
The health and safety of our customers and staff remain our #1 priority. Our event has been organized in accordance with the CDC’s guidelines, Informa’s AllSecure Health and Safety standards and other local state and city regulations.
Biotech Week Boston's in-person experience will be organized in accordance with Informa’s AllSecure health and safety standard
Informa AllSecure 10 Key Commitments
1. Enhanced cleaning
All Informa events will undertake enhanced, deep cleaning before, during and after our events, working with venue partners to ensure the highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness. This includes continuous sanitization throughout the course of an event, with a focus on high-touch areas such as door handles, restrooms and food and beverage areas.
2. Personal hygiene
All Informa events will provide additional hand washing facilities and hand sanitising stations throughout the event space, encouraging all participants to regularly wash and disinfect their hands.
3. Non-contact registration
All Informa events will employ a system that facilitates non-contact registration for participants, including the availability of online registration.
4. Physical contact
All Informa events will request that participants avoid physical contact, such as handshakes and embraces, promoting alternative ways to greet business partners. The exchange of printed materials, such as business cards and sales brochures, will also be discouraged, with digital alternatives recommended.
5. Physical distancing
All Informa events will maintain a density of participants in line with local authority regulations and venue or other relevant guidance. This will be managed through one or more control measures such as pre-show communications to participants, a one-way traffic system around show floors, staggered entry times, on-site signage and floor markings and on-site social distance ambassadors.
6. Food and beverage
All Informa event teams will work closely with venue partners to employ the highest standard of food safety, minimizing self-service buffets in favor of pre-packaged food options. If any queuing is anticipated, social distancing will be maintained through the use of floor markings and relevant signage.
7. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Participants at all Informa events will be asked to wear a face mask on entry. Further items of PPE, such as gloves and eye screens, will be used by participants and staff if appropriate, in line with local government and health authority advice.
8. First aid
All Informa events will have access to a qualified first aider and a separate quarantine area if possible. Participants will be asked not to attend if they are feeling unwell, and teams will follow local health authority guidance on detecting and managing anyone who displays symptoms of COVID-19.
All Informa events will follow relevant health authority guidance on screening participants. This may include checking the temperatures of everyone on entry, through thermal scanning or other screening processes.
10. Trace and contact
Should it be necessary, all Informa events will work with local authorities to trace and contact participants at our events, subject to local privacy regulations.