Health and Safety

NCS 19th Annual Meeting

Health & Safety

Your health and safety is our top priority. Please check this page regularly for health and safety updates.

We understand that the current COVID-19 situation has made us all reconsider our day-to-day routines, our work life, and anything having to do with in-person activities. With added health and safety protocols, cooperation from the Hyatt Regency Chicago and the city of Chicago, we’re planning to hold an in-person the NCS 19th Annual Meeting in October. With your health and safety as our top priority, our goal is to deliver the top-notch education, innovation and networking opportunities that you have come to expect and value at Annual Meeting.   

While full event details and health and safety protocols are still being finalized, you can read about a few of the elements we will be implementing onsite at this year's event.  Click on the below links to learn what the city of Chicago and the Hyatt Regency Chicago are doing to keep visitors safe.

In addition, the Hyatt Regency Chicago has implemented the Hyatt Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment program that includes Global Biroisk Advisory Council Star ™ (GBAC) accreditation which means Hyatt is implementing the industry’s highest standards for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention.

Hyatt Corporate Statement
Hyatt’s Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment
Chicago Updates; COVID-19

Here’s what you can expect with regard to health & safety onsite:

  • A new approach to the education program with virtual and in-person offerings
  • A dedication to crowd density and social distancing standards in accordance with local authorities and CDC guidelines
  • Distanced seating in education rooms and theatres
  • Enhanced deep cleaning and disinfection throughout Annual Meeting days
  • Widespread availability of hand sanitizer and masks
  • Installation of plexiglass shields at info counters, and registration areas

CDC Guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a checklist of considerations for travelers when making the decision to travel away from their home communities.  When you travel, please follow the standard protocols that have been implemented to prevent the spread of the coronavirus:

  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Keep six feet distance from others
  • Wear a face covering in public
  • Cover coughs and sneezes

For the latest guidance, visit the CDC website for guidance on travel within the United States.

Air Travel

Your airline is the best source for personal safety protocols at the gate and on the airplane.  Be sure to visit your airline website the week you are traveling and sign up for notifications related to your trip.