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We and our partners are working diligently to provide an elevated level of comfort at our upcoming SEM Conference. We believe the SEM community benefits from coming together and we encourage all to respect and care for one another as we navigate our "new normal."

AACRAO continues to monitor the changing landscape involving the CDC guidelines with regard to COVID-19 safety.  Our partners at Marriott have shared their Commitment to Clean protocols, which are implemented daily at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa in Aventura, Florida.

This is a very fluid time; we will continue to evaluate what is best to ensure we meet safely and that SEM 2021 participants are comfortable.  We will continue to post updates as needed.

Health & Safety Questions answered:
  • Face Coverings

    In accordance with current health and safety guidelines from the CDC, all individuals will be required to wear face coverings in all indoor event spaces of the SEM Conference, regardless of vaccination status.  The JW Marriott asks that unvaccinated guests and associates continue to wear face coverings and practice physical distancing when they are in public spaces inside the hotel.

  • Vaccinations & Covid-19 Testing

    AACRAO encourages all SEM attendees to be fully vaccinated; however, AACRAO recognizes not all participants have this option, due to medical necessity.  Vaccination will not be required for in-person attendance, however, AACRAO will require proof of full vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test to enter SEM 2021.

    All SEM Conference attendees will download a Health & Safety app and will complete a short daily health screening required for entrance to the events of the day. 

  • Onsite Safety

    The JW Marriott Turnberry Resort follows the Marriott Commitment to Clean protocols, which include:

    Surface Areas and Public Spaces

    In public spaces, Marriott has added to its already rigorous cleaning protocols, requiring that surfaces are treated with hospital-grade disinfectants and that this cleaning is done with increased frequency. In guest rooms, Marriott has added to its detailed cleaning practices, requiring all surfaces to be thoroughly cleaned with hospital-grade disinfectants. Marriott will also place disinfecting wipes in each room for guests' personal use.

    These new enhanced cleaning technologies including electrostatic sprayers to sanitize surfaces throughout the hotel. Air purifying systems that are effective against viruses in the air and on surfaces are in use.

    Guest Contact

    To help alleviate the risk of COVID-19 transmission through person-to-person contact, Marriott will use signage in its lobbies to remind guests to maintain social distancing protocols and will remove or rearrange furniture to allow more space for distancing.  Marriott is adding partitions at front desks to provide an extra level of precaution for its guests and associates and is working with supply chain partners to make masks and gloves available to associates.  Guests will see more hand sanitizing stations around Marriott's hotels - near the entrances and front desks, elevator banks, and fitness and meeting spaces.

    Food Safety

    At Marriott, food handlers and supervisors are trained on safe food preparation and service practices.  Food and beverage operations are required to conduct self-inspection using its food safety standards as guidelines, and compliance is validated by independent audits. Marriott is also enhancing sanitation guidelines and training videos for associates that include hygiene and disinfecting practices. In addition, Marriott is modifying its operational practices for in-room dining and designing new approaches to buffets.

  • Local Resources

    All guests will need to follow local guidelines and while traveling to include ground transportation, airports, and transportation throughout the event.

    Click here to see current CDC guidelines for COVID-19

    Click here to see the Miami-Dade County resources regarding COVID-19

  • Emergency Communication

    Emergency notifications with SEM 2021 participants will be sent via email and push-notification through the SEM 2021 Mobile App.