Safety + Wellness at General Assembly

A info graphic describing the four ways to stay safe at General Assembly: Wear a mask, show proof of vaccination, social distance, and stay safe

Health & Safety in Portland OR

In compliance with UUA and Oregon Convention Center guidelines, entry to General Assembly 2022 in Portland, OR is open to people who are fully vaccinated.The UUA staff and GA volunteers will be responsible for verifying proof of vaccination for all guests at or before the time of in-person registration at General Assembly.
Fully Vaccinated persons will have received two shots of the COVID-19 vaccine (or one Johnson + Johnson shot) two or more weeks prior to the date of entry.

Proof of vaccination may be provided by:

  • Presenting your physical vaccine card
  • Presenting a picture of your vaccine card
  • Presenting your verified vaccine card on the Kokomo App
    (available to all registered attendees starting in mid-May)
  • Presenting a government verified passport app (such as the NY State passport app) containing your state-verified vaccine card.

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test will not be an acceptable alternative to proof of vaccination. 

Public Health Mandates

Governor Kate Brown announced on February 28, 2022, in concert with the governors of California and Washington, that indoor mask requirements will be lifted at 11:59 p.m. on March 11, 2022. In Oregon, this includes lifting mask requirements in schools. There are some exceptions, and masks will still be required in health care settings and on public transportation, such as buses, trains and in airports and on airplanes. (Resource: Oregon Mask Recommendations and Requirements).

Though local mandates no longer require masking indoors, masks are strongly recommended in crowded outdoor settings where physical distancing is not possible. Masking will be a requirement at GA, regardless of current state mandates. Some Oregon businesses may require proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test as well. Please check with individual businesses on their policies before visiting, and continue to be patient, flexible and kind, especially if asked to mask up or share your vaccination status.

The links below are updated on a bi-monthly basis with updated Covid-19 guidance provided by Travel Portland and the Oregon Health Department.

Travel Portland Covid-19 FAQ Sheet

Oregon Health Department Daily Update

A photo of the NE Holladay Street entrance of the Oregon Convention Center, featuring two Curative COVID-19 testing stations. The Oregon Convention Center spired can be seen in the background.

Safety Precautions at the Oregon Convention Center

  • Face masks are required indoors, except while eating and drinking in designated spaces.
  • Many Portland-area restaurants and businesses require proof of vaccination.
  • We recommend bringing your vaccine card if you travel to Portland.
  • A Curative Covid-19 testing site will be stationed outside of the Oregon Convention Center, near the NE Holladay Street entrance (closest to the Hyatt).
    • Hours: Monday through Saturday 8am - 3pm. Closed Sundays. You may reserve your appointment online or walk-in for testing.
    • Services: PCR testing is offered, and test results are delivered within 1-2 days

On-Site Support

Debra Gray Boyd will serve as the on-site COVID Care & Wellbeing Coordinator. If you test positive for COVID-19 or experience symptoms, please contact Debra. She can direct you to the closest testing site and provide guidance.

On-Site Staff and Vendors

Does the Oregon Convention Center require its staff to be vaccinated?

The Oregon Convention Center requires that all employees are fully vaccinated unless they receive a medical or religious exemption. An exemption is treated as an accommodation under ADA. For example, they may not be able to work in a public facing position or may have to wear a facemask even if the mandate is lifted. Another accommodation could be regular testing. It is handled on a case by cases basis through the HR department.

Additionally, the OCC’s requirement of vaccination extends to all contracted service providers working in the facility.

Oregon Convention Center COVID-19 Safety Measures

Daily Health Considerations

Each morning before leaving your room, please ask yourself (as well as any youth for whom you are responsible):

Am I/Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms (that are not caused by a known chronic medical condition)?”

  • Cough
  • Congestion/Runny Nose
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Fever or chills
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste/smell
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • New muscle/body aches or fatigue

If yes,

  • Isolate in your room.
  • Contact COVID Health and Wellness Coordinator - at General Assembly, Debra Gray Boyd is the COVID Health and Wellness Coordinator.
  • Consider taking a rapid test. The UUA will have tests available at General Assembly, upon request and the COVID Health and Wellness Coordinator can assist in getting a test to your room if it is in the GA housing block, or provide a list of locations for PCR testing within close proximity to your hotel. (We are aware of the current research on the efficacy of rapid tests; however, for now, this approach aids in mitigating negative outcomes should someone with symptoms test positive for COVID-19).

If Negative,

  • Continue isolation until all symptoms resolve.
  • Get a PCR test. The Covid Health and Well-Being Coordinator will provide a list of locations for PCR testing in Portland, ideally within close proximity.

If Positive,

  • Continue isolation for the length of the quarantine period recommended by the CDC. The Covid Health and Well-Being Coordinator is available for assistance reviewing current CDC recommendations.
  • Discuss next steps with the COVID Health and Well-Being Coordinator:
    • Stay in room with further precautions and supports, as needed.
    • Obtain PCR test.
    • Return home.

Health Acknowledgement

Registering to attend General Assembly in-person is an acknowledgement that:

I understand that travel and gathering involves risk of sickness, including sickness from COVID-19. I (and on behalf of my minor guest(s)) waive and release the UUA, its board, sponsors and exhibitors, employees and agents, from and against claims, liabilities and expenses arising from injury, sickness or death from contraction or spread of COVID-19 or other communicable disease due to travel to or attendance at an event sponsored by the UUA. I will take necessary precautions while at the event including, but not limited to, engaging in appropriate social distancing, wearing a mask when requested and/or required, minimize face touching, frequently washing hands and avoiding risky environments such as overcrowded rooms. I agree to remove myself from all GA programming if I feel ill or have exposure to a COVID-19 case. I understand that I am financially responsible for all expenses should I overstay my departure date, under the direction of a medical professional, due to COVID-19. This waiver and release is binding on me and my heirs and successors.

In-person attendees are urged to check the latest guidelines from the CDC and the State Department travel advisories and review the individual supplier’s websites before and during travel. Links to those resources and others have been provided by the UUA travel consultant.

UUA Guidance for In-Person Events

Learn more about UUA pandemic strategies and guidance for in-person events as the pandemic subsides.

Strategies for Gathering Congregations in an Ongoing Pandemic