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AASA Technology Conference Announces New Health and Safety Measures for October Event

In line with local agencies and other industry events, attendees will be required to show proof of vaccine or negative COVID-19 test as well as wear masks while indoors.

Date: September 16, 2021
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Together with the AASA Technology Council, the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (“AASA”) has announced updated health and safety measures for the AASA Technology Conference to be held October 11-12 in Memphis, Tenn. The Technology Conference is AASA’s first in-person event since the pandemic began and, as such, the well-being of our attendees is our primary concern.   
  • Attendees will be required to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID PCR test administered prior to arrival to attend the event. 

    • Vaccination cards and test results will need to be uploaded to a secured, third-party verification platform prior to the event. This information will be emailed to attendees on or around October 1.  

    • For those attendees who are unable to obtain a PCR test prior to the event, on-site testing will be available.  

  • Per local ordinances and the protocols of our host facilities, masks will be required while indoors, regardless of health or vaccination status. This includes restaurants and bars, common areas, and lobbies of hotels and private clubs. 

  • Event seating will be spaced to allow for appropriate social distancing. 

  • The Halloran Center, where the AASA Technology Conference sessions will be held, has upgraded (MERV) filter/ventilation systems.  

  • Care will be taken with food service to meet health & safety guidelines.  

  • The Technology Conference also will be available virtually the following week, Monday, October 18 and Tuesday, October 19 for those unable to travel.  

By taking these measures seriously, we are confident that we can substantially reduce health and safety risk and increase the comfort and confidence of our attendees who would like to participate in-person. Additionally, according to recent findings from a research partnership between Freeman, a global leader in events, and Epistemix, a computational modeling software company, large in-person business events are safe and do not increase local COVID-19 case rates.  
 
Following are key findings of the research: 
  • Risks of COVID-19 infection at events were as much as eight times less than the metro area where they were being held. For recent August events, the infection rates were as much as 95 percent lower than the U.S. at large.

  • In-person business event participants are more likely to be vaccinated, reflecting a vaccination rate above 80 percent, and creating vaccination coverage that drastically cuts transmission of COVID-19 at those events, regardless of the gathering size. 

For more information on health and safety protocols from AASA, Hyatt, the Halloran Center, and Memphis, Tenn., please use the links below:   About AASA 
AASA (www.aftermarketsuppliers.org) exclusively serves manufacturers of aftermarket components, tools and equipment, and related products, an important part of the automotive parts manufacturing industry which supports 871,000 American jobs. AASA is a recognized industry change agent – promoting a collaborative industry environment, providing a forum to address issues, and serving as a valued resource for members. AASA is the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA). “AASA, The Voice for the Automotive Aftermarket Supplier Industry” 
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