Returning to In-Person Activities
The world is experiencing a pandemic of COVID-19 that creates challenges to in-person community gatherings. SAA values evidence-based decision-making wherein we balance health risks with the need for connection that Zoom video calls can’t provide. The SAA board, following CDC guidance, understands we are increasingly able to meet in-person again. (We also wish to maintain the inclusivity that online events enabled.) These are our guidelines for how event hosts and attendees should behave during this time.
Most importantly, to facilitate a return to normalcy, SAA actively encourages all who can to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
SAA will trust event attendees to be honest with their vaccination status when asked. (Anyone can report concerns using this form.) We cannot reliably expect event hosts and organizers to properly scrutinize proof of vaccination. We recognize this may be concerning to members of our community, and to that end we welcome individuals to take any additional personal prevention measures they wish, including remaining as only online participants or online event hosts for now.
Everyone, especially those unvaccinated, must consider event size, the venue, and their risk tolerance before attending in-person. SAA is confident that the vast majority of our adult community is becoming fully vaccinated. While SAA is acting in an abundance of caution to minimize risk, neither we nor event hosts can be held responsible if an attendee contracts COVID-19 while at one of our events.
We follow CDC guidelines for what types of events we allow and what precautions are required for them. This page is our main guide, preferring “Safest” activities. This document will be updated as the situation evolves.
We acknowledge the reality that enforcing prevention measures like proper mask-wearing, physical distance, or other requirements isn’t easy. If it isn’t available to you to fully enforce these requirements, or if you’re an attendee who didn’t feel safe, please report concerns using this form afterward.
If you’d like to modify the expectations for your event, contact us using the methods below, and let’s talk about it. We also recognize that child-centric events deserve special consideration and discussion.
If you’re ready to attend in-person events, RSVP to one on Meetup and agree to the expectations. We’ll see you there.
SAA is planning out our return to normalcy by defining phases of in-person events and what they look like over time as risk changes. We will change phases as CDC guidance changes and vaccination rates, infection rates improve. These are also subject to change.
This phase was in place from March 2020 - May 2021.
Prevention measures may become more lax at this point, but not guaranteed.
All events are allowed to be in-person, so this phase is defined as moving to more lax prevention measures.
Prevention measures are now “suggested”, rather than required.