COVID-19 FAQs

The pandemic landscape is changing rapidly as we approach the in-person CSAT 2021 event.  Please check here for any concerns you may have regarding travel, quarantine, and the event's safety protocols.

All in-person CSAT participants MUST abide by the CSAT COVID-19 Code of Conduct.

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1. Can I travel to CSAT?

 

Yes, but you must follow all of the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines for travel (see links at top of page); you also must abide by the DoubleTree's safety standards and the CSAT Code of Conduct (see link at top of page). More specfics can be found below.

If you are from Massachusetts:

State guidelines were updated as of May 29th to bring the state back to 100% capacity and lift the mask requirement indoors for fully vaccinated residents.  However, we will still require masks and social distancing at our event, even for vaccinated attendees, due to the proportion of people travelling from outside the state and country.

If you are from the United States:

It is strongly recommended that you do not travel until you are fully vaccinated (i.e. you have gotten the full dosage of your vaccine and have waited the requisite time after for full effectiveness).  If you must travel, you must (from the CDC website):

  • Before you travel:

    • Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.

  • While you are traveling:

    • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

    • 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).

  • 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 (more details on Massachusetts requirements here).

If you are vaccinated, you may skip the testing requirements. Regardless of vaccination status, you must wear a mask and socially distance at CSAT 2021.

If you are travelling internationally:

It is strongly recommended that you do not travel until you are fully vaccinated (i.e. you have gotten the full dosage of your vaccine and have waited the requisite time after for full effectiveness).  If you must travel, regardless of vaccination status you must (from the CDC website):

  • Before you travel:

    • Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip. YOU MUST HAVE A NEGATIVE TEST RESULT FROM WITHIN 3 DAYS PRIOR TO ENTERING THE US EVEN IF YOU TRAVEL ELSEWHERE FIRST.

    • 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:

    • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

    • 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 (more details on Massachusetts requirements here).

Fully vaccinated travellers can skip the self-quarantine upon arriving back at home after CSAT. Regardless of vaccination status, you must wear a mask and socially distance at CSAT 2021.

2. Are masks required?

 

YES.  Regardless of vaccination status, masks will be required for all CSAT in-person participants.

3. Do I have to be vaccinated?

 

No, but we do require that you have abided by the Massachussetts and Center for Disease Control and Protection guidelines regarding COVID-19 quarantining and testing (see links above).

4. Where can I eat safely?

If you are comfortable eating indoors, we will have several locations where you can eat at a table with 6 feet between you and the next person.  There is also an outdoor pavilion with chairs spaced 6' apart (image does not necessarily depict COVID spacing) if you are more comfortable outdoors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. What is the venue doing to keep us safe?

Spacing

The DoubleTree is maintaining adequate space between tables and chairs in all areas and has provided directional arrows in passageways where needed.

Food

Food will be individually packaged or served by servers with appropriate PPE to prevent cross-contamination by participants.

Sanitation

The DoubleTree staff will be regularly disinfecting high-touch and high-traffic areas, including in guest rooms if you choose to stay at the hotel.  See more informaton here.  We will also be able to have the doors open for increased ventilation, weather allowing.

6. What is the in-person capacity?

 

We have capped the event at 100 people, exclusive of staff.

7. What are distancing guidelines?  Can the venue accomodate?

We will maintain 6 feet of distance between attendees.  The main ballroom, meals, receptions, and exhibit hall have all been laid out to accomodate this requirement.  Pictures of the venue can be seen here, though chair/table spacing may not reflect social distancing standards currently in place; for example, only 3 people will be seated at round tables in the ballroom and booths will be blocked off if too close together.

8. Massachusetts is reopened as of May 29th, why do I still have to abide by these rules?

 

We want CSAT to be a welcoming and safe experience for everyone, regardless of ability/access to get vaccinated and home state/country.  As such, we need to continue following masking, distancing, and testing guidelines to keep all attendees healthy and comfortable.

 

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