Health & Safety

AUSA is committed to the health and safety for our exhibitors, attendees, partners and staff as we prepare for the 2021 AUSA Annual Meeting from 11-13 October in Washington, DC. We continue to monitor recommendations from local health authorities and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for essential large group meetings and events. We can’t wait to see you in person and welcome you back to this year’s event.

You may upload your Proof of Vaccination Against COVID-19 here: SAFE EXPOTM

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Will exhibitors be required to wear masks and if so, is there a type of mask that will be required, e.g, KN95 or similar?

The District of Columbia has announced that, as of July 31, all people over age two must wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status. Participants at the in-person AUSA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. will be required to wear masks at all times, except when actively eating or drinking. If you do not have a mask, you may pick one up at registration.

2. Will proof of vaccination be required as part of registration?

Yes.  Load your proof of Vaccination against COVID-19 Here: SAFE EXPOTM Proof of vaccination will be required to attend the in-person event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. In consultation with the Army and given the recent trends in COVID-19 transmission levels in the National Capital Region, we have determined that in the best interest of all attendees that only vaccinated people participate. We are partnering with Safe ExpoTM to assist with providing a very safe event. Full details can be found here 

3. Are there restrictions or guidelines on the number of people on the show floor, in sessions rooms or during networking events?

Social distancing is highly encouraged and will be implemented where possible. We will space out the seating at all our events so that everyone feels comfortable.

4. What restrictions are there for food service in our exhibit, e.g, individually packaged food/beverages?

The Convention Center is requiring that all food and beverage be consumed either sitting down or standing at a table. Food and beverage cannot be consumed while moving around the center. If you are hosting any catered events or serving food or beverage in your exhibit booth this year, please plan accordingly. 

5. Will there be a virtual platform, similar to what was offered in 2020?
AUSA, in coordination with the Army, will livestream the main events (Opening Ceremony, Contemporary Military Forums, Family Readiness Forums, etc.). Though there will not be a full, facilitated virtual program like you saw in 2020, visit our website ( www.ausa.org ) starting on October 11 to view select portions of the program. Additional livestreaming viewing areas will also be added inside the Convention Center. 

6. What is the latest guidance for International visitors?

We ask that you follow relevant guidance provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Embassy or your local health authority and adhere to government issued travel restrictions issued by the region you will be traveling to and the region you are traveling from.

7.  Please refer to the latest updates on traveling to Washington D.C. at this link:  Washington, D.C. COVID-19 Travel Status Update.


Health and Safety at the Venue


The host venue of AUSA's Annual Meeting, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, is one of the country's premier facilities leading the way in health, safety and technology investments for a safe return to in-person events:

GBAC STAR™ Certified – The Gold Standard in Cleaning & Disinfection

Events DC has earned GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation for the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Entertainment and Sports Arena and DC Armory from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC)®, a Division of ISSA, for its preeminent cleaning, disinfection and infection prevention strategies.

Kogniz No-Contact System – A Cutting-Edge Approach to Health and Safety

The Kogniz no contact, real-time multi-person detection platform is in use throughout the Convention Center. Kogniz measures the body temperature of groups of people entering the Convention Center and uses A.I. to factor in environmental effects on individuals. It measures tens of thousands of readings per hour from up to 16 feet away.

Keeping Surfaces Clean and Safe

In partnership with SurfaceGuard, Events DC have deployed its high-grade COVID-19 remediation and health and safety reporting system at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, as part of their venues’ health and safety reopening efforts. SurfaceGuard BIOPROTECT™, is a biostatic surface protection. It is a long-lasting product that bonds with the surfaces of our furniture and equipment to stop the growth and reproduction of bacteria./p>

Air and Filtration Purification

Events DC has incorporated the use of Synexis Defense System in the air handlers. Synexis operates using dry hydrogen peroxide behind the scenes to provide additional sanitization – reducing the presence of microorganisms.

Contactless Food & Beverage Outlets, QR Code Ordering and More

- Attendees will find touchless self-checkout kiosks that allow guests to select and purchase food items without personal contact in select Market locations
- Signature-free credit card transactions for transactions less than $100
- Easy QR Code Mobile ordering allows guests to use personal devices for ordering/delivery to the Grand lobby area