Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 Health & Safety

Annual Assembly

Will vaccines be required?

  • Proof of vaccine will not be required.
  • Per CDC guidelines, vaccines are recommended for everyone ages 12 and older at this time. According to the American Medical Association, 96% of physicians are fully vaccinated.
  • Note: This safety information may continue to evolve leading up to the Annual Assembly.

Will masks be required?

  • AAPM&R will follow CDC guidelines on masking. Those that are unvaccinated are requested to wear masks. Vaccinated attendees are welcome to wear masks, but they are optional.
  • Note: This safety information may continue to evolve leading up to the Annual Assembly.

What are the testing and/or quarantining requirements for international attendees traveling to Nashville, TN?

  • Once an international traveler has safely arrived into the United States, there are no further testing or quarantining requirements to travel into the state of Tennessee.
  • We encourage all international attendees to consult the CDC guidelines in place for international travelers arriving into the United States guidelines in place for international travelers arriving into the United States as you plan your travel to the Annual Assembly. Please also refer to your home country’s own guidelines on returning from the United States.

What other safety measures will be in place at the convention center, Music City Center?

  • Based on the current guidance, AAPM&R will follow CDC guidelines on masking. In-person attendees who are unvaccinated are requested to wear masks. Vaccinated attendees are welcome to wear masks, but they are optional.
  • Seating in session rooms, the Research Hub and in educational theaters in the PM&R Pavilion are being set to allow extra space and comfort for attendees.
  • Registration capacities have been reduced in Skills Labs and more distance has been provided between table stations.
  • Hands-on learning stations in the Learning Center have been modified into seated demonstration areas to eliminate the need to closely gather around tables.
  • Additional time has been added during transition breaks to allow for cleaning and sanitation between sessions.
  • The PM&R Pavilion has been redesigned to maximize spacing in aisles and throughout the hall.
  • Convention center staff will wear masks throughout the entire event, and we are working with all vendors on safety protocols.

The convention center, Music City Center, has been awarded the Global BioRisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR™ Facility Accreditation, and has made several, permanent updates to their facility for your safety, which include:

  • Significantly enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures, using CDC and GBAC best practices.
  • 121 new, strategically placed hand sanitizing stations.
  • Restroom lights, toilets, soap dispensers and paper towel dispensers are all touch free.
  • Elevator buttons and all ADA entry doors are all touch free.

Learn more about the Music City Center’s Health & Safety Guidelines.

What other safety measures will be in place at my hotel or in other places in Nashville?

Each official Annual Assembly hotel has their own comprehensive cleaning and sanitation program. Learn about each plan below to make the best-informed decision for your stay:

Visit www.nashvillemcc.com and download the latest version of their Health and Safety Guidelines to learn more.