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Health & safety

Health & safety

COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are recommended for anyone attending the meeting. Mask-wearing and other requirements will be based on the local and state guidelines and will be communicated with attendees before the start of the event. Please refer to the latest state and local guidelines below.

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Safety tips for visitors

Seattle is one of the nation’s safest big cities, statistically, but as with all cities, visitors are advised to observe some basic safety tips.

When out and about

  • Remove your conference badge; don’t draw attention to yourself and the fact that you are a tourist.
  • Safety in numbers: grab a friend or colleague while exploring the city.
  • Walk in well-lit areas; use main streets and avoid shortcuts through alleys.
  • If alone after dark, use a ride service such as Lyft, Uber or a cab.
  • Be conscious of your belongings. Keep personal/valuable items in your hotel safe or close at hand.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Keep your eyes up and not on your phone.
  • Pay attention to your instincts. If something does not feel right, you can always walk into a business/hotel for help.
  • If you are in a drinking establishment, don’t leave your drink unattended.
  • Walk with purpose and project an assertive and business-like image. Criminals will be discouraged if you do not appear vulnerable or easily intimidated.
  • Pickpockets are often attracted to crowded places. Be aware of someone who bumps, shoves or gets too close to you.
  • Purses should be closed, held in front of your body, with your arm across it. Wallets should be carried in a front pants pocket or in an interior jacket pock.
  • Use luggage tags that close or are covered, so a passerby cannot read the information.

At your hotel

  • Keep room numbers private. Don’t sign bar or restaurant checks with your room number.
  • Keep track of room keys. If a key is lost, ask the front desk to reset your locks and issue new keys.
  • Use all locks on hotel door, particularly the double lock. Always make sure door is locked when leaving.
  • When returning to your room, make sure that you have your room key out and ready.
  • If someone claims they are from maintenance, security or a hotel employee, phone the front desk to make sure the visitor is legitimate.
  • Put valuables in the room safe.
  • Be alert for suspicious persons in the hotel hallways. Report them to the front desk or hotel manager.
  • Locate fire exits, elevators and the nearest phone. Plan the best way to exit the building in an emergency.