Your Safety is Our Priority

Your health and safety are ASM’s utmost priority. As we plan to return to in person meetings, we are actively evaluating conditions and developing meeting guidelines to ensure a safe environment for all participants traveling to Washington, DC. ASM Microbe 2022 will also include a virtual component providing access to scientific programming and accommodating those who are unable or do not wish to attend in person.   

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, local conditions and safety guidelines are constantly evolving. We are closely monitoring the current state, federal and local COVID-19 guidelines for in-person gatherings and travel restrictions since a lot can change between now and June 2022. ASM will be assessing the need for attendance requirements including vaccinations, testing, masking and social distancing and will update you as the policies are finalized in the coming months. 

ASM Microbe Meeting Venue COVID-19 Safety Initiatives 

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center has earned the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR facility accreditation, the gold standard of prepared facilities. GBAC STAR facilities are able to implement appropriate work practices, procedures and systems to prepare, respond, and recover from outbreaks and pandemics. Their COVID-19 initiatives include: 

  • Thermal Scanning at Entrances: The convention center is deploying no contact, real-time multi-person thermal scanning throughout the Convention Center and Entertainment & Sports Arena. Using the latest technology from Certify.Me and Kogniz, they are able to measure body temperatures of individuals and groups of people entering the venues and use artificial intelligence to factor in environmental effects on individuals. Learn More 

  • Enhanced Sanitation Practices: Aramark Environmental Services team’s commitment to aggressive cleaning and hygiene has led them to implement the Aramark EverSafe™ sanitation, disinfection and hygiene program, an integrated and enhanced cleaning, sanitation and disinfection program. Learn More 

  • Cutting-Edge Disinfection: In partnership with SurfaceGuard, the venue have deployed its high-grade COVID-19 remediation and health and safety reporting system at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Entertainment &Sports Arena, DC Armory and The Fields at RFK Campus as part of their venues’ health and safety reopening efforts. Learn More