Health and Safety Resources

Health and Safety Resources

(Updated April 4, 2022)


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Thank you to everyone who was able to join us in Chicago for the AAOS 2022 Annual Meeting. The Academy maintained strict health and safety requirements for all attendees throughout the event. 

This webpage outlines the Academy’s health and safety protocols for all AAOS 2022 Annual Meeting participants. AAOS will continue to update the page, so please check back for news and additional guidance.

Face Coverings/Mask Recommendation

AAOS opted to make masks recommended rather than required for the AAOS 2022 Annual Meeting to be held March 22 – 26, 2022 in Chicago. This decision was made carefully and in response to the continuously improving COVID-19 public health situation in the city of Chicago and much of the United States and is based on guidance by local public health experts as well as the CDC. Proof of vaccination or a negative test result was still required for participation in the AAOS 2022 Annual Meeting.

Proof of Vaccination 

To assist in ensuring the safety of all attendees and exhibitors, AAOS is required that ALL exhibitors and attendees be vaccinated or present a negative COVID test result within 72 hours of the first day registrants attended the Annual Meeting.

Additional On-Site Safety Protocols

  • Physical Distancing: Event attendees should expect physical distancing in high traffic areas, session rooms, exhibit floor, and throughout the event space in accordance with local and venue regulations.
  • Cleaning: Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the event. All high-touch areas will be placed on a visible continual cleaning and disinfecting routine during event hours and overnight.
  • Food & Beverage: Food and beverages will be provided in a no-contact way.


About the Venue

Learn more about the safety practices that are in place at McCormick Place for cleaning, disinfecting, and infection prevention.