AML is Committed to Supporting Attendees’ Health and Safety during our Annual Conference
The Alaska Municipal League (AML) recognizes the scale of the public health crisis facing Alaska right now, and the mitigation measures that we’re all taking to help flatten the curve. Leadership under these circumstances, for us, is to ensure continuity of operations. That means that our Annual Conference – dedicated to local government leaders sharing and learning about best practices, overcoming challenges, and new opportunities – should occur in person, even as we utilize all the tools at our disposal to ensure as safe an event as possible.
- What does this look like? First and foremost, we will implement a variety of mitigation measures that are consistent with public health guidance. At the same time, we have preserved the integrity of the event, allowing for networking, sharing, and learning. We’ve also provided options for those who can’t be there in person. AML’s Annual Local Government Conference will feature:
- We will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of registration to attend. AML is using Crowdpass, a HIPAA-compliant software to facilitate this. Conference attendees will be asked to upload proof of vaccination or negative COVID test results to Crowdpass. Instructions to do this are found below and will also be emailed to registered attendees.
- Masks are required for all attendees and guests in all sessions
- Thanks to a partnership between AML and DHSS, the conference will be a vaccination site from Sunday, November 14 – Wednesday, November 17. Vaccines will be administered by Fairweather LLC and are free of charge. Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccines will be available.
- We are still working to provide testing on site – we encourage attendees to test when they arrive and when they leave. This is more difficult right now because of limited supplies and operational capacity.
- We’ve increased the number of sessions so that there are fewer people in each session, and added overflow viewing rooms when higher capacity is reached
- Presenters have the option of being there in person or presenting virtually
- We’ll stream the majority of the sessions, and make viewing them available to all AML members who choose not to attend – this option has been added to the registration page
- If you’ve already registered and choose to participate virtually instead, please notify us and we will refund the difference
- We’ve reimagined the exhibitor hall to have a variety of options to share materials, engage with partners, or otherwise interact
- We’ll provide options for meals so that attendees can choose to take theirs to go, and eat in one of the other session rooms where viewing is possible or where they feel most comfortable
- We’ll reduce the social activities so that there isn’t the movement of people – we’ll forego the community block party, but keep the awards dinner and add a trivia night, providing for appropriate distancing
- We’ll provide an online silent auction
- We’ll do virtual voting for the business meeting, which will be via an app accessible to all registered voters
- We’ll have fun, connect with one another again, commiserate, learn from one another, celebrate success, and share new ways to address challenges
All attendees that choose to participate acknowledge and agree to the COVID Mitigation Protocol and Agreement, a copy of which is found below.
We are clear-eyed about the data and the consequences of not doing this right. Our members, especially those attending, are very likely to be among Alaska’s most vaccinated. Our members, many of whom have mitigation measures in place at home, serve as role models for residents. Our members know that compliance means preserving healthcare capacity and flattening the curve. Our members are committed to an Alaska that is open for business, even under new conditions.
AML welcomes members and all attendees to its 71st Annual Local Government Conference and Affiliate meetings.