ACORE COVID-19 Safety Protocol for Events

We are so excited to see you in Washington, D.C. for ACORE’s 20th Anniversary Gala and Policy Forum! As we return to in-person events, our number one priority remains the health and safety of all participants. 

We will strictly adhere to guidelines mandated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)state and local officials.

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, the District of Columbia is launching a city wide vaccination entry requirement (VaxDC), which calls for establishments to verify that patrons are vaccinated against COVID-19.  

On January 15, 2022, per Mayor’s Order 2021-148, the District of Columbia will adopt a city wide vaccination entry requirement that requires COVID-19 vaccination to enter indoor facilities within the city. ACORE will adhere to these requirements for all events in DC. 


What all attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors need to know: 


When you Register: 

  • When registering for the event, you will be asked to certify that you are fully vaccinated and agree to follow the rules and guidance from ACORE, the event venue, and the CDC when attending. 
  • You will be required to show proof of vaccination to enter the event venue. 

Before the Event: 

  • Participants must complete a Pre-event Health Check and must self-certify that: 
    • You have not recently come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms;   
    • You are not currently experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms; and  
    • You are continuing to follow CDC and local guidance. 
  • Do not attend the event if you are ill, experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, or have recently been in close contact with someone who is experiencing COVID symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19. You will be refunded the cost of your ticket if you need to cancel. Email to request a refund. 

At Event Check-in: 

  • All staff, speakers, attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors need to show proof of vaccination to attend ACORE events.
    • For proof of vaccination, patrons ages 12 years and older must provide: 
      • A CDC issued vaccination card (original, photocopy, or digital copy/photo) 
      • Record of immunization from a healthcare provider or public health authority 
      • A COVID-19 verification app (e.g., VaxYesVaccine Validation by CLEAR, Excelsior, MyIR) 
    •  Businesses will also need to verify vaccination with photo identification for patrons ages 18 years and older, such as: 
      • State issued driver’s license or limited purpose driver’s license 
      • Any other state issued identification card 
      • Passport 

Exemptions for providing proof of vaccination:  

  • Patrons who have and show documentation of medical or religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine must provide the following:
    • A negative PCR or antigen test within the last 24 hours.
    • Documentation of a medical or religious exemption, such as a note from a medical provider or an attestation from the patron that they have a sincerely held religious belief.

Please reach out to to request an exemption. 

For more information, please review the details provided by DC Health.


Health and Safety Measures: 

We want you to feel safe while attending ACORE’s in-person events. Here is what we’re doing to ensure health and safety of our attendees is at the forefront. 

  • Face masks are mandatory at all times unless drinking or eating. 
  • Face masks will be available for attendees on-site. 
  • Name badges must be worn at all times. 
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations will be made available at the event venue. 
  • Meals and breaks will follow CDC recommendations for food and beverage service. 
  • Guests are asked to engage in appropriate physical distancing and be respectful of all other attendees and their comfort levels.  

Please note ACORE will continue to follow CDC, State, and City guidance and mandates for all events. Therefore, new requirements may be in place upon arrival at the event, and we will do our best to communicate any changes in advance. Your health and well-being remain our number one priority.