APEC HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES

Last Updated: November 9, 2021

Above all else, APEC prioritizes the health and safety of our community and show participants.

APEC 2022 is following the lead of the CDC, state, county and local Houston guidelines to ensure a safe event. We will continue updating this page as new guidance and updates arise. See below for a series of guidelines and recommendations for preparation, travel and on-site at APEC 2022. Please watch this page for updates as they are announced.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding. Together, we will present a safe and productive show for all of our participants.

LOCAL GUIDELINES

  • The Houston Health Department recommends wearing a mask while indoors in public to maximize protection from the Delta variant.
  • Harris County Public Health recommends following CDC COVID-19 guidelines. It is also recommended that in indoor public spaces, fully vaccinated people continue to wear a mask that fits snugly against the sides of your face and doesn’t have gaps, cover coughs and sneezes, wash hands often, and follow any applicable workplace or school guidance.
  • Though there is no mask mandate for the City of Houston, face coverings may still be required by individual businesses.
  • Houston hospitality partners have taken a pledge to take every precaution to help keep you safe. Find out what hotel partners are doing to keep visitors safe through the city's Houston Clean Initiative page.
  • Learn more about Houston’s protocols here.
  • Visit the Harris County Public Health website to learn more about local guidelines, vaccine availability, COVID-19 testing, and more.
  • Visit the Houston Health Department website to learn more about local guidelines, vaccine availability, COVID-19 testing, and more.

Housing for APEC 2022 will open in the fall. Please check back for more information on the event space’s safety protocols and policies.

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC) GUIDELINES

The CDC recommends getting a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can.

To reduce their risk of becoming infected with the Delta variant and potentially spreading it to others, the CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people:

  • Wear a mask in public indoor settings if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
  • Fully vaccinated people might choose to mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in their household is unvaccinated. People who are at increased risk for severe disease include older adults and those who have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, overweight or obesity, and heart conditions.
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If you came into close contact with someone with COVID-19, get tested 3-5 days after the date of your exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until a negative test result.
  • Isolate if they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 10 days or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Follow any applicable federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations.

Additional CDC Guidance

The CDC has a checklist of considerations for travelers when making the decision to travel away from their home communities. When you travel, please follow the standard protocols that have been implemented to prevent the spread of the coronavirus:

  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Keep six feet distance from others
  • Wear a face covering in public
  • Cover coughs and sneezes

For the latest guidance, visit the CDC website for guidance on travel within the United States.

CDC TRAVEL GUIDELINES

Domestic:

If you are traveling and fully vaccinated, the CDC recommends:

  • During Travel
    • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like on open deck areas of a ferry or the uncovered top deck of a bus).
    • Follow all state and local recommendations and requirements, including mask wearing and social distancing.
    • In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.
  • After Travel
    • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
    • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

You do NOT need to get tested or self-quarantine if you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months. You should still follow all other travel recommendations.

If you are traveling and not fully vaccinated, the CDC recommends:

  • Before you travel:
    • o Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.
  • While you are traveling:
    • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like on open deck areas of a ferry or the uncovered top deck of a bus). CDC recommends that travelers who are not fully vaccinated continue to wear a mask and maintain physical distance when traveling.
    • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet from anyone who is not traveling with you.
    • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • After you travel:
    • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
      • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
      • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
    • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
    • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
    • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
    • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.
  • Visit your state, territorial, tribal or localexternal icon health department’s website to look for the latest information on where to get tested.

International:

The CDC recommends you do not travel internationally until you are fully vaccinated. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow CDC’s international travel recommendations for people who are not fully vaccinated.

If you are traveling and fully vaccinated, the CDC recommends:

  • Before you travel:
    • Make sure you understand and follow all airline and destination requirements related to travel, mask wearing, testing, or quarantine, which may differ from U.S. requirements. If you do not follow your destination’s requirements, you may be denied entry and required to return to the United States.
    • Check the current COVID-19 situation in your destination.
  • During traveling:
    • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like on open deck areas of a ferry or the uncovered top deck of a bus).
    • Follow all recommendations and requirements at your destination, including mask wearing and social distancing.
    • In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.
  • Before you arrive in the United States:
    • All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.
  • After travel:
    • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel.
    • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
    • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.

If you are traveling and not fully vaccinated, the CDC recommends:

  • Before you travel:
    • Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.
    • Make sure you understand and follow all airline and destination requirements related to travel, testing, or quarantine, which may differ from U.S. requirements. If you do not follow your destination’s requirements, you may be denied entry and required to return to the United States.
    • Check the COVID-19 situation in your destination.
  • While you are traveling:
    • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like on open deck areas of a ferry or the uncovered top deck of a bus). CDC recommends that travelers who are not fully vaccinated continue to wear a mask and maintain physical distance when traveling.
    • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you.
    • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Before you arrive in the United States:
    • All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 viral test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.
  • After you travel:
    • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
      • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
      • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
    • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
    • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
    • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
    • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.
  • Visit your state, territorial, tribal, and local external icon health department’s website to look for the latest information on where to get tested.

Sources: CDC, Harris County Public Health, Houston Health Department, Visit Houston