COVID-19 Pandemic Mask and Vaccination Policies

The Obesity Society follows all federal, state, local, and facility regulations, including rules around COVID-19 vaccination and mask-wearing. Since November 18, 2021, COVID-19 restrictions in San Diego have eased. However, due to spikes in cases and the likelihood of regulation changes, ObesityWeek will not consider loosening the policy below until a few weeks before the conference. In-person attendees should assume they will be required to show either proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test to obtain entry.  We will inform in-person registrants in October if this policy changes.

COVID-19 Regulations as of November 18, 2021:

Verification of fully vaccinated status* or pre-entry negative test** result is required of all attendees.

Indoor venue and event operators may not use self-attestation as a mode of verification.

*People are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19: two weeks or more after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), two weeks or more after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson [J&J]/Janssen), or two weeks after receipt of another vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO).

**Testing must be conducted within 72 hours before event start time (both PCR and antigen are acceptable). Results of the test must be available prior to entry into the event or venue. Children under 2 years of age are exempt from the testing requirement.

Options for Providing Proof of Vaccination:
  • Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card (issued by the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control & Prevention or WHO Yellow Card1) which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided and date last dose administered); OR
  • A photo of a vaccination card as a separate document; OR
  • A photo of the client’s vaccine card stored on a phone or electronic device; OR
  • Documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider; OR
  • Digital record that includes a QR code that when scanned by a SMART Health Card reader displays to the reader client name, date of birth, vaccine dates and vaccine type; OR
  • Documentation of vaccination from other contracted employers who follow these vaccination records guidelines and standards.

All businesses and venue operators must check the identification of all attendees age 18 and over to validate their vaccination record or proof of negative test.

  • Acceptable identification is any document that includes the name of the person and photograph.

Information will be prominently placed on all communications, including the reservation and ticketing systems, to ensure guests are aware of testing and vaccination requirements (including acceptable modes of verification).

Attendees must follow CDPH Guidance for Face Coverings.
  • Masks are required for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses.
  • Fully vaccinated people may choose to wear a mask in indoor non-public settings, particularly if they are immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease from COVID-19, or if they have someone in their household who is immunocompromised, at increased risk of severe disease, not fully vaccinated, or not yet eligible for vaccination.

Venues should make masks available to attendees upon request.

There are no social/physical distancing requirements in the convention center building at this time.