Safe Return to SciX
SciX is committed to keeping SciX2021 attendees as safe as possible from COVID-19. Our “Safe Return to SciX” plan follows guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the State of Rhode Island and the City of Providence, and the Rhode Island Convention Center. Attendees are responsible for understanding this plan AND noting any announced updates that may occur between now and SciX2021. We are unable to remove all risks associated with attending, including but not limited to risks associated with COVID-19. Attendees are responsible for their own safety at SciX.
Requirements for Attending SciX
FACSS has implemented the following policies for attendees of SciX2021:
Refusal to comply with any FACSS SciX policies, including but not limited to the above-stated COVID-19 safety policies, is grounds for denial of entry to SciX and/or removal from the SciX meeting (FACSS SciX Code of Conduct).
*While full vaccination is optimal and recommended by the CDC prior to traveling, having received at least one dose of a two-dose vaccine prior to arrival at SciX is considered acceptable.
**An acceptable “mask” is made of at least 2 layers of breathable fabric or hospital grade material; fully covers the nose, nostrils, and mouth; fits firmly under the chin; and fits snugly, but comfortably against the side of the face.
SHOULD I ATTEND SCIX?
We encourage you to stay safe and protect others. Your actions make a difference! Even if you meet the conditions above, individuals in the following circumstances should not attend SciX:
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TRAVELING TO SCIX?
The CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated. Information for travelers is evolving, to ensure you have the latest information on traveling within the US or from outside the US, please refer to CDC.gov.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT IN PROVIDENCE?
Conference areas will be arranged to encourage social distancing where possible. Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the conference and attendees are reminded to wash hands regularly and thoroughly. Limiting physical contact with other attendees is requested (e.g. handshakes). As noted, masks are required at any SciX or SciX-sponsored event requiring a conference badge.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AS A PRESENTER?
While this information could change and all presenters will be expected to follow whatever policy is in place at the time of the meeting, we currently plan to allow session speakers and workshop instructors to present without a mask as the lectern can be appropriately spaced from other attendees. This does not apply to poster presenters where such physical distance is not possible.
WHERE CAN I GET A COVID-19 TEST IN PROVIDENCE?
The Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin Donuts Event Center offers a walk-up testing site to the public for PCR and Rapid tests.
Location: Rhode Island Convention Center Ticket Booth, 1 Sabin Street, Providence, Rhode Island
For those who require a nasopharyngeal swab as opposed to an anterior nasal swab (e.g. for international travelers before returning home):
Option #1 - You can self-schedule the NP-PCR test on the Portal at East Bay Health Care at Riverside, 100 Bullocks Point Ave, East Providence. Go to https://portal.ri.gov and request a “PCR” test at East Bay Health Care at Riverside. Once on-site at the time of your appointment, you can request a nasopharyngeal swab test.
Option #2 - The RIDOH can help you schedule a NP-PCR test at one of the testing sites run by Alert Ambulance. Call 401-222-8022 or email: RIDOH.COVID19Questions@health.ri.gov.
a. Provide your full name, date of birth, phone number, and reason for wanting at NP-PCR.
b. Select one of the following sites you would prefer to be tested: Convention Center; Wickford Station; Pine St. Tent, Pawtucket; Stop & Shop, Cumberland (Mendon Rd)
For more information about testing in Providence, click here.