COVID Event Safety Policies 

as of March 1, 2022

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) is working hard to manage the health and safety of all attendees at the 2022 National Conference on Gambling Addiction & Responsible Gambling Main Conference & Workshops, which will take place in Boston as in-person events. All in-person participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, sponsors, volunteers, NCPG staff, service providers and vendors are expected to abide by our COVID Event Safety Policies leading up to and for the duration of the conference.

We will continue to monitor and update safety precautions and coordinate implementation of these safety measures with trusted national resources, state and local public health agencies, and the hotel and venues hosting conference events.

NCPG reserves the right to modify these policies and procedures at any time and without prior notice given the rapidly changing nature of the current global pandemic.  NCPG shall provide prompt notice of any amendments to its policies and procedures on its website and to those registered for the NCPG conference as changes are made.

Boston’s Proof of Vaccine Mandate

On February 18th the city of Boston lifted the vaccination mandate for patrons and staff at indoor venues. However, Mayor Wu has reserved the right to reinstate this mandate should COVID-19 cases rise. You may review these policies between now and the date of the conference at www.Boston.gov.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

As of March, the City of Boston currently mandates the wearing of masks in indoor places. The 2022 National Conference on Gambling Addiction & Responsible Gambling will follow Boston’s mandate and is currently a mask mandatory event. Plan for masks to be worn at all times, except while actively eating/drinking, and in any venue that is considered a conference event space (both on-site and at off-site venues). Again, this may change. Please find Boston’s up-to-date requirements at www.Boston.gov.

All face masks (whether disposable or reusable) must:

  • Be made with at least two or more layers of washable (if not disposable), breathable fabric and not have valves or vents
  • If using a disposable mask, it should be changed daily and disposed of properly
  • Fully cover the nose and mouth
  • Fit snuggly against the sides of your face and not have gaps.
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops and allow the attendee to remain hands-free
  • If you are using a face shield you must also wear a face mask.

The following are not permitted:

  • Neck Gaiters
  • Open chin triangle bandanas
  • Face masks with valves, vents, mesh material or holes of any kind.

At present, all presenters will be required to present with masks on and may use provided microphones to amplify sound.

Mask Exemptions

If you are unable to comply with the mask policy, you will not be permitted to attend the in-person conference. We encourage you to register for the Digital Symposium held online June 8 & 9, 2022.

Testing

NCPG strongly encourages individuals to be tested for COVID-19 prior to traveling to the 2022 National Conference on Gambling Addiction & Responsible Gambling. Individuals who test positive for Covid on or after July 1, 2022, shall not attend and contact NCPG regarding canceling their registration.

Hand Washing / Sanitizing

  • Conference attendees are encouraged to wash their hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer as often as possible.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided in meeting rooms and dining areas.

Enhanced Venue Cleaning

The Westin Boston Seaport District will regularly clean and sanitize meeting and dining spaces.