Committment to Care

Last Update: 3/16/22

As AMS plans for the Summer Policy Colloquium, we continue to monitor and keep track of the ongoing Covid situation. We are prioritizing the safety of presenters, attendees, program chairs, staff, and any volunteers who plan to attend in-person.

We are closely monitoring news and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and local health agencies regarding travel and events.

We recommend that you check back here on any recommendations and guidance for our in-person event. This Commitment to Care will be adjusted as needed due to any updates and news regarding the impact of COVID-19, CDC guidance or emergence of new variants.

Health and Safety Policy

All attendees (presenters, program chairs, session chairs, volunteers, attendees, guests, press, AMS staff) will be required to agree to the AMS Meeting Health and Safety Policy and Waiver, before completing their registration. Any attendee who is not able to adhere to the in-person guidelines set forth in that Policy and Waiver will not be able to attend the meeting.


It is our expectation that all in-person attendees at this meeting are up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations as defined by the CDC. For international attendees, this guidance applies to COVID-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization. The full list of vaccines with final WHO EUL/PQ evaluation status is available here.




AMS plans to use the CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levels to determine whether masks will be required at this meeting but are subject to change. These levels are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in the area.

Check the COVID-19 Community Level for the District of Columbia:

  • For counties with LOW COVID-19 community levels
    • Masks will not be required by AMS unless required locally or by the conference venue.
  • For counties with MEDIUM COVID-19 community levels
    • Masks will not be required by AMS unless required locally or by the conference venue, but are strongly encouraged while interacting closely with others.
  • For counties with HIGH COVID-19 community levels
    •  Masks are required by AMS.


Regardless of masking requirements based on COVID-19 Community Levels, we are committed to creating a mask friendly environment at this meeting and attendees may choose to wear a mask at any time.

Symptoms and Health Survey

In-person attendees who feel ill or experience any symptoms of COVID-19 before or during the meeting should not enter the AMS Meeting until the symptoms have resolved.


While we do not require that participants submit a negative Covid-19 test result in order to attend this meeting, all travelers should follow recommendations set for by the CDC for domestic and international travel as well as check requirements set forth by their travel providers (planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation).

For local  for Covid-19 testing, please visit this page to find the nearest location.