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COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMITMENT TO DELEGATES


 

The Canadian Surgery Forum’s (CSF) number one priority is the health and safety of our delegates. Although it is not possible to remove all risks related to COVID-19, the CSF will implement health and safety measures that meet or exceed those currently set by the Health Authority of Ontario, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Sheraton Centre Hotel. As the situation surrounding the pandemic is ever-evolving, the CSF may change, update, or add the following requirements at any time as it deems prudent to best protect the health and safety of delegates and others.

VACCINATIONS

The CSF is requiring all delegates to be double vaccinated to attend the conference in Toronto. During the online registration process, delegates will be asked to attest that they have received at least two doses of the six Health Canada authorized COVID-19 vaccines.

RAPID ANTIGEN TESTS

The CSF will have COVID-19 rapid antigen tests on site if a delegate begins to experience any symptoms associated with COVID-19. Should the delegate test positive, the appropriate self-isolation requirements will go into effect and communications to delegates will follow.

ONSITE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

The Health Authority of Ontario no longer requires face masks in public areas. However, to increase personal protection and provide an additional level of comfort for delegates, the CSF will have face masks available at the registration desk for any delegates that requires them. The hotel has added additional hand sanitization stations around the hotel but the CSF will also provide hand sanitizers within every meeting room. The CSF will also offer red, yellow and green ribbons at the registration desk for delegates to attach to their name badge indicating their level of comfort around others regarding proximity and contact (i.e.: hugs and handshakes).

CANCELLATION POLICY

The CSF organizers are sympathetic to the ongoing uncertainty that the pandemic brings. As such, the cancellation policy has been adjusted this year to allow delegates to cancel their registration prior to the start date of the conference without incurring any financial penalty.

CLEANING PROCEDURES

The Sheraton Centre Hotel has enhanced their cleaning practices throughout the hotel and in guestrooms as a result of COVID-19. They have designed a disinfection protocol in all public areas of the hotel, such as restaurants and meeting rooms. They have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfection in high traffic, public areas including restrooms, elevators and escalators. They have also increased the frequency of cleaning their HVAC systems and filter replacements. Housekeeping staff thoroughly clean and disinfect each guestroom prior to a guest’s arrival. Special attention is given to all high touch areas within the guestroom such as light switches, door knobs, TV remote and thermostats.

INTERNATIONAL DELEGATES

International attendees will be required to follow the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 travel protocols. Please click HERE for more information.

Please contact Conference Manager Karen Norris at knorris@cags-accg.ca for more information or questions related to COVID-19 protocols at the conference.