2021 PHiR COVID-19 Safety Protocols

You might be wondering what we are doing at the 2021 Public Health in the Rockies (PHiR) Conference with regards to COVID-19 safety protocols.

We are following local and state guidelines for our conference. We acknowledge the July 27th revised recommendations for mask-wearing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Given the rise in COVID-19 cases of the delta variant in Summit County, we have revised our mask-wearing protocols to the following:

Masks are required for everyone in indoor spaces. All conference attendees and exhibitors – including those fully vaccinated – are required to wear a mask in indoor spaces. Masks are required universally at all times including the Rockies Ballroom (for plenary and keynote sessions), breakouts rooms, hallways, restrooms, and common areas. Presenters may remove their masks for clarity and ADA purposes, provided all participants are wearing masks. Masks are required in these spaces regardless of posted COVID-19 capacity.

If you are vaccinated: You may remove your mask indoors in enclosed spaces – where traffic can be controlled or masking can be adjusted in real-time – when able to keep 10+ feet from others. Masks are optional outdoors.

If you are unvaccinated: You must continue to wear a mask at all times. The only exception is when outdoors and 10+ feet from others. See below for additional requirements.

We continue to monitor incidence rates for COVID-19 cases in Summit County and are working with Summit County Public Health to ensure that we can gather safely and responsibly in Keystone. As such, our COVID-19 protocols may change. Please visit this page for the most up-to-date information.

We will be offering different colored lanyards and stickers on your name badge to indicate your comfort level of interaction with others:

  • Red/Stop Sign – Please practice safe six
  • Yellow/Triangle Yield – Proceed with caution
  • Green/Square – Open to a handshake or hug

There will be sanitizing stations available at core areas of the conference center outside the Rockies Ballroom and breakout rooms. There will also be hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes in every breakout room.

Seating arrangements will include no distancing, 3 foot spacing, 6 foot spacing and standing room options. This setup will be available in the plenary sessions at the Rockies Ballroom and in concurrent breakout sessions, including skill building workshops. We will also cap attendance at each concurrent session to 65 individuals. Most skill building workshops will be capped at 100 individuals.

Breakfast, lunch and light reception is covered under the conference registration fee. Breakfast will be available in bags where folx will choose one of a few options served by an attendant, while lunch will be a boxed option. We encourage folx to take their meals outdoors as there will be tables and chairs available outside on the terraces. Light hors d’oeuvres at the Ignite & Awards Ceremony will be pre-plated.

We recognize that not all of us are comfortable meeting in person this August and will miss those who are unable to join us this year. However, we hope to offer a safe and inclusive space for those who are able to meet in person. Participants will be asked to sign this waiver at conference registration. 

Please let us know if you have any recommendations as we continue our COVID-19 safety protocol planning. We want to hear from you. You can reach us at info@coloradopublichealth.org.