Safety Protocols


Updated: August 30, 2021 – New information on vaccination and masking requirements. Please read this update in its entirety for the latest safety information.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) remains fully committed to holding a safe and successful in-person meeting at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) in Atlanta, GA, USA on November 11-13, 2021. 

ANCC is implementing additional COVID-19 protocols to provide a safe meeting environment. These protocols will meet or exceed all recommendations and safety procedures from the CDC, the State of Georgia, and the City of Atlanta, as well as industry standards.

ANCC’s priority is always the health and well-being of our community, and we are working closely with the GWCC, vendor partners, and hotels to implement thorough COVID-19 safety protocols. 

  • To ensure the safety of all attendees, ANCC will require all in-person meeting participants, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks. 

Additionally, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination will be required for in-person attendees. Individuals who are unable to provide verification will not be permitted to enter any conference venues.  

More details will be forthcoming for attendees and exhibitors on the health & safety protocol requirements, which will include, without limitation, instructions to upload your proof of vaccination.

Please check back frequently for updates to the Right of Entry Protocol.

  • I understand and acknowledge that COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that mainly spreads from person-to-person contact and can lead to severe illness and/or death.
  • I understand and acknowledge that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public setting where people are present.
  • I understand and acknowledge that in order to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure, all registered attendees and exhibitors at the 2021 National Magnet Conference and the 2021 Pathway to Excellence Conference (together, “Conferences”) must be vaccinated and wear a mask while attending the Conferences, including any Conferences-related activities.
  • I understand and acknowledge that Georgia World Congress Center (“GWCC”) staff are not necessarily vaccinated, as COVID-19 vaccination cannot be imposed on them under applicable Georgia laws and regulations.
  • As a result, I understand and acknowledge that unvaccinated GWCC staff may be working at or near the Conferences.
  • By attending the Conferences, I voluntarily assume all risks related to potential COVID-19 exposure or infection, and any illness, injury, disability, or death resulting therefrom as a result of my participation in the Conferences.

The Georgia World Congress Center received GBAC Star accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a division of ISSA Inc., the leading association for the cleaning industry. Accreditation is awarded to facilities that follow a high standard of cleaning, disinfection, and disease prevention practices.

The GWCC will implement increased cleaning and sanitization in all high touch building areas, including, but, not limited to: restrooms; escalator and stair handrails; all entrance revolving door handles, main door handles, and push bars; public furniture; and, high touch points in meeting rooms (door handles, podiums, chairs etc.).


Air handling and circulation is continually monitored by GWCC HVAC technicians to ensure optimum and safe airflow. Return air/ exhaust air is stand alone in the exhibit halls. This means air from the exhibit halls would not impact any other portions of the facility. Each of GWCC’s buildings are upgraded to MERV 13 filters, which can trap smaller particles, including viruses, and can improve the systems efficacy in removing viruses from circulated air.

For more information on the convention center’s cleaning process and readiness, visit the Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

All convention center employees have received training regarding coronavirus safety. Individuals performing cleaning and housekeeping duties have received additional training regarding cleaning methods, product use, and other activities.

ANCC’s key meetings staff have earned Pandemic Compliance Advisor (PCA) certification.

Additionally, all convention center employees are required to participate in a daily health and wellness certification that includes checking their temperature prior to reporting to work.

Contactless hand sanitizing stations will be present throughout the building for use by all individuals.

Hand sanitizing products will also be available for purchase at convention center food and beverage locations.

First aid staff will be located at stations in the convention center and will be able to assist attendees or exhibitors, as needed. There will be an isolation area will be provided for individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. 

Appropriate informational signage regarding the service process and physical distancing parameters will be implemented at every food and beverage function.

The GWCC has implemented touchless payment options for food kiosks including credit card and mobile payment solutions.

Pre-packaged and individualized catering and menu items will be utilized as much as possible.

Where available, distance barriers or guards may be used to help prevent breath from encountering open-air food and beverage.

Physical distancing between guests and catering employees will be enforced based on the latest CDC recommendation on distancing.

ANCC will increase the number of aisles and larger aisles to allow for less congested traffic flow between booths to accommodate physical distancing.

Signage will be in place to remind attendees and exhibitors of physical distancing and hygiene recommendations.

Hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the exhibit hall.

Exhibit Hall Theatres and Lounges, if applicable, will be sanitized between presentations.

The exhibit hall will undergo a nightly deep cleaning.

Aisle carpets will be removed from the conference to allow for better disinfection and cleaning.

ANCC Hotel Shuttles

Shuttle management staff will always wear face masks.

All passengers must also always wear face masks, regardless of vaccination status.

Drivers will strictly enforce mask-wearing policies on the vehicles for all attendees.

Based on current industry guidance, buses will not be loaded to 100% capacity.

Shuttle management staff will sanitize high touch surface areas on the vehicles in between route loops.

Drivers will load buses from back to front and ensure passengers are spaced apart observing physical distancing recommendations and will limit wait time.

The most up to date information on the health safety measures of Atlanta’s transportation services can be found here: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Discover Atlanta.

Hotels have implemented enhanced cleanliness protocols. You can learn more about the global programs that Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, and Omni are doing to ensure guests enjoy a safer, cleaner stay. 

Avoid physical contact, including hugs and handshakes.

Signage and floor decals will be used to encourage physical distancing in common areas.

Plexiglass separations will be placed at registration stations, points of sale locations, concession areas, etc.

Educational (concurrent) session rooms, to the extent possible, will be set with increased space between chairs to allow for physical distancing.

Event and meeting rooms, to the extent possible, will have one entry point and a separate exit point.

Poster presentations will be displayed one poster per board side to allow for appropriate physical distance between poster boards. There will be wider aisles between posters.

The GWCC will increase sanitization of high contact surfaces within the facility between each patron group use of any shared area.

The Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) is actively monitoring developments surrounding the coronavirus as the safety and health of visitors is their top priority. Hospitality partners throughout Atlanta are implementing new and enhanced procedures to safeguard its guests.

You can learn more about Atlanta’s COVID-19 health and safety procedures for the airport, transportation, hotels, and restaurants here: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Discover Atlanta.

By attending our the ANCC National Magnet and Pathway to Excellence Conferences in Atlanta, you agree to abide by and engage in conduct that is beneficial to health and safety of the attendees. This includes, but is not limited to, wearing a mask, providing proof of vaccination, practicing appropriate physical distancing, and not attending any events if you are ill or have been recently exposed to COVID-19.