BCVA has considered all the relevant safety and events advice around Covid safety requirements and announced how it will work with delegates and exhibitors to protect everyone at the Celtic Manor event in October.
Keeping everyone who attends Congress as safe and well as possible is the main priority for organisers, and BCVA Board members have worked with all relevant parties to put together a set of COVID requirements that will complement those of the venue and meet the specific legal requirements that exist in Wales.
This will mean a little extra planning in advance, and possibly some minor inconveniences at the registration desk.
This is what you need to know and do:
VACCINATION: You must have proof of a double COVID vaccination status (unless you are medically exempt). From 11th October this is a legal requirement to attend large events in Wales. To provide proof of vaccination status, you will need to show your NHS COVID pass on arrival at the registration desk. Passes may be presented in paper format or on your smartphone/laptop.
- Download your NHS COVID pass if you live in Wales
- Download your NHS COVID pass if you live in England
- Download your NHS COVID pass if you live in Scotland
PCR TEST: You must present proof of a negative lateral flow test or PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival (preferably 48 hours). You can request lateral flow tests to be sent to your address, and when you report the results, an email will be sent to you, which can be used as proof of your negative test. Alternatively, lateral flows tests will be available at the venue on your registration, but we fully recommend that you undertake the test before travel, to reduce risk and avoid any disappointment.
FACE MASKS: Masks are still a legal requirement in Wales (with an exception for bars and restaurants). However, they will still need to be worn when walking around the venue. Please bring your own masks with you – we will have a minimal supply at registration.
ON-SITE: The venue has installed temperature sensors at key entrance doors, to provide extra reassurance. It is also one of the largest spaces we have had for BCVA Congress, so have the luxury of being able to allow appropriate space for sitting and movement in both the lecture halls and the exhibition.
The association thanks all those attending in advance for helping to make this a safe event. There is a great programme of talks and social events, and this promises to be an inspiring year to remember – when we all get back to being together once again.