Covid-19

Congress Covid-19 Policy

What to Expect

Covid-19 has prevented in-person Congresses for the last two years. This year, the AGA Board voted to hold a face-to-face event. The Congress Directors in Colorado believe that circumstances have improved sufficiently to allow the event to be held with an adequate degree of safety. The situation is one that will continue to change and will be closely monitored. This page will be updated as we have new information.

We will be following all CDC, Colorado Department of Health, and YMCA guidelines for events, but are likely to exceed them. As Go is a face-to-face game, we are likely to require masks while playing indoors. The option to play unmasked may be available for games held outside – there will be multiple possible outdoor locations in which to play. There will also be outdoor dining available, although it will be first come, first serve (approximately 100 seats are available outside of the cafeteria, some in a covered area). Attendees unwilling to follow the congress’s Covid-19 policies may be excluded from events or asked to leave.

Full vaccination against Covid-19 will be required for everyone age six and older (unless medically contraindicated). Proof of vaccination must be provided during online registration or sent to the Registrar prior to arrival.

A final Covid-19 policy will be emailed to all attendees prior to the congress.

Cancellations and Refunds

If an attendee becomes unable to attend the congress due to significant changes in Covid-19 related travel requirements, either at their point of departure or for entry into the US/Colorado, we will refund in full any payments made. This includes any attendees that have been denied a visa application.

Congress may be cancelled if health issues arise that make it inadvisable to proceed. In that case, full refunds will be issued to all attendees.

Congress may be cancelled if registration is too low. This decision will be made no later than May 26, 2022, and all attendees will be notified by email.

For all other cases, the standard cancellation rules will apply.

Current Covid-19 Policies

Centers for Disease Control (Select Larimer county in CO)

Colorado Department of Health

Estes Park YMCA

FAQ

“Am I considered fully vaccinated if I don’t get a booster shot?“

Yes, the CDC definition of fully vaccinated does not include the booster shot. Everyone is still considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-shot series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the J&J/Janssen vaccine.

Fully vaccinated, however, is not the same as optimally protected. To be optimally protected, a person needs to get a booster shot when and if eligible. The Congress strongly recommends that attendees stay “up-to-date” on their vaccination status and receive a booster shot if it’s been 5 months after the second dose in of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or 2 months after the J&J/Janssen vaccine.