The SWTest Team is encouraging all attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, and staff to be vaccinated prior to attending the SWTest 2021 Conference in San Diego. If vaccination is not possible, we ask that you confirm a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of the start of SWTest 2021 on Monday, Aug 30. This is not a requirement to attend, but a request that we all take responsibility for the health and welfare of the conference attendees and within our wafer-test community.
Out of an abundance of caution, SWTest will require that all attendees (both vaccinated and unvaccinated) wear a mask while inside the Rancho Bernardo Ballrooms and Expo areas. We also ask that you follow all applicable regulations and make informed choices about travel, onsite, and external engagement. We are continuously monitoring the public health guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control, the Governor of California, and the San Diego County Health District regarding large gatherings.
Currently, San Diego County is following the CDC’s guidance in recommending the universal wearing of masks by both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings. Although the state of California has indicated no social distancing requirements for meetings or gatherings with less than 500 attendees, SWTest is planning to keep a social distancing layout in the conference room during the program. There will be one door for Entry into the General Session room and one door for Exiting. We will have Security Guards stationed to enforce our face mask requirements for attending indoor activities.
We are fortunate to have so much outdoor space available at RBI and we will use that space as much as possible. Our daily breakfasts and the Tuesday Social and Dinner will all be held out-of-doors in one of the many beautiful lawn areas. We also recommend that registered attendees download the SWTest mobile app and/or print their final confirmation which contains the registration barcode. This barcode will allow for safe “touchless” registration and badge printing on-site.
At registration, the SWTest Team will be providing masks, hand-sanitizer, and “red-yellow-green” comfort-level badge ribbons that will allow attendees to be aware of each other’s “comfort-level” for engagement. Sanitizer stations will be available throughout the hotel, the conference ballroom, and the expo area. We are working with the RBI staff to create a program that provides a clean, safe and healthy environment throughout the conference for our attendees.
Rancho Bernardo Inn is delivering the highest standards in cleanliness and hygiene with a comprehensive system of enhanced health and safety protocols based on the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control, the California Department of Public Health, the California Hotel & Lodging Association, and the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Stay Safe industry-wide initiative. Details of the practices followed by Rancho Bernardo Inn are outlined at their website – https://www.ranchobernardoinn.com/stay/covid-19.
Keep in mind that SWTest 2021 is a Hybrid event, providing the opportunity for any attendee to participate virtually if they are uncomfortable for any reason participating in person or following any of SWTest’s health and safety guidelines. All Hybrid registrations include both in-person and virtual attendance.
The evolving nature of this health crisis requires us to remain flexible. The Governor’s Office or the health agencies could issue new guidance at any time that may require us to alter our program.
We are looking forward to a safe environment to get together in person at the beautiful Rancho Bernardo Inn at the end of this month. And for those who cannot join us in person, we’ll look forward to connecting with you virtually.
Stay safe and be well.