COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols

ACG’s Commitment to Your Safety During ACG 2021 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas

Your health and safety remain top of mind as we prepare to gather this October in Las Vegas. While recognizing the significant challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, ACG will be guided by the science and informed by current health policy as we identify the most effective ways to meet our educational mission.

The ACG Board of Trustees met recently and made several critical decisions to support safely and responsibly convening the Annual Scientific Meeting:

Onsite Safety Requirements at ACG 2021

  1. COVID-19 vaccination will be required of attendees and exhibitors on site at ACG 2021 at Mandalay Bay. We will ask you to confirm that you are vaccinated. If you are not vaccinated or if you prefer not to travel, a virtual platform is available to participate in ACG 2021.
  2. Masks will be required at ACG 2021. Currently, following CDC guidance and requirements set forth by the State of Nevada, masking inside public spaces is required for all guests and employees, regardless of vaccination status. ACG’s Board decided that masks will be required for all attendees and exhibitors at ACG 2021 even in the event the current mask mandate is lifted by the State of Nevada.

While the College sees a reasonable likelihood that we can convene a safe meeting, in the current environment, ACG cannot guarantee that no one will be exposed to COVID-19. ACG will continue to monitor the highly fluid situation regarding the surge of the COVID-19 Delta variant and will make all necessary and appropriate adjustments as ACG 2021 approaches.

In the meantime, ACG is working with Mandalay Bay and our conference vendors to ensure we have appropriate safety measures in place when we welcome you to ACG 2021. We are committed to following CDC, state, and local recommendations at a minimum throughout the conference. This document will be updated based on public health guidelines and restrictions that may be implemented or changed between now and October when we convene.

Mandalay Bay Safety Protocols

MGM Resorts, the parent company of Mandalay Bay, is committed to ongoing engagement with medical experts as well as federal, state, and local officials for the health and safety of their guests and employees. They have taken the important lessons learned during the pandemic and embedded them into many parts of their operations. For a complete listing of their health and safety commitment, please click here.

Mandalay Bay is a GBAC STAR-accredited facility. GBAC STAR is the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response, and recovery accreditation. For facilities and other places you visit, GBAC STAR is an important indicator of their thoroughness with cleaning, disinfection, and prevention.

GBAC stands for “Global Biorisk Advisory Council” and is a specialty division of ISSA, the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry. The word “STAR” was chosen because the GBAC STAR program requires facilities and service providers to attain higher protocols to keep spaces clean and safe for occupancy.

As the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response, and recovery accreditation, GBAC STAR™ helps organizations establish protocols and procedures, offer expert-led training, and assess a facility’s readiness for biorisk situations. The program verifies that Mandalay Bay implements best practices to prepare for, respond to and recover from outbreaks and pandemics.

The GBAC certification enforces strict standards for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention including:

  • A continual cleaning and disinfecting routine will be enforced throughout the convention center during event hours and overnight, especially in high-touch areas. Cleaning and disinfecting products that are on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved list will be used to combat the spread of COVID-19.
  • Disinfectant wipe dispensers will be strategically placed near commonly touched objects.
  • Restrooms will be regularly and thoroughly disinfected during event hours and include the following touch-free items: soap dispensers, sink faucets, toilet fixtures, paper-towel and toilet paper dispensers.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be provided near building entrances, meetings rooms, and lobbies. Touch-free dispensers will be used wherever possible, and a schedule will be established for re-filling the stations.

Please click here for more information about the GBAC STAR program.

If you are feeling unwell during ACG 2021:

  • Please remain in your guest room.
  • Call 877-751-7117 to schedule a COVID test. Click here for additional information.
  • Please remain in your room while waiting for the test result and notify the hotel front desk immediately.
  • If you do not plan to stay at the Mandalay Bay during the ACG conference, please contact your hotel prior to traveling to learn about their COVID protocols.

If you test positive during ACG 2021:

  • If you test positive, please notify ACG staff as soon as possible by clicking here.
  • If you are unable to drive home or if you are too ill to travel, the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) has established a dedicated COVID hotel for guests. Guests will not be able to stay in quarantine at the Mandalay Bay. SNHD will provide a hotel room for you to quarantine and recover from COVID. The hotel is free of charge and has trained staff on site to assist with your needs including food and laundry services.