NBASLH 2023 ANNUAL CONVENTION PANDEMIC POLICIES

COVID-19 SAFETY INFORMATION: While participating in National Black Association of Speech-Language and Hearing (“NBASLH”) sponsored events we strongly encourage participants to be fully vaccinated with an updated booster, practice “social distancing” and wear a face covering, if you choose, to reduce the risks of exposure to COVID-19. Because COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is spread mainly from person-to-person contact, NBASLH has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, NBASLH cannot guarantee that its participants, volunteers, partners, or others in attendance will not become infected with COVID-19. 

In light of the ongoing spread of COVID-19, individuals who fall within any of the categories below should not engage in NBASLH events and/or other face to face activities. By attending an NBASLH event, you certify that you do not fall into any of the following categories: 

1. Individuals who currently or within the past fourteen (14) days have experienced any symptoms associated with COVID-19, which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath among others; 

2. Individuals who have traveled at any point in the past fourteen (14) days either internationally or to a community in the U.S. that has experienced or is experiencing sustained community spread of COVID-19; and/or 

3. Individuals who may have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are not yet cleared as non-contagious by state or local public health authorities or the health care team responsible for their treatment.   

DUTY TO SELF-MONITOR:  Participants and volunteers agree to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 (symptoms typically include fever, cough, and shortness of breath) and, contact NBASLH at [email protected] if he/she experiences symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days after participating or volunteering with NBASLH.   

RELEASE AND WAIVER: Participants and volunteers release, waive and forever discharge any and all liability, claims, and demands of whatever kind or nature against the NBASLH association and its affiliated partners and sponsors, including in each case, without limitation, their directors, officers, employees, and volunteers, either in law or in equity, to the fullest extent permissible by law, including but not limited to damages or losses caused by the negligence, fault or conduct of any kind on the part of the participants, including but not limited to death, bodily injury, illness, economic loss or out of pocket expenses, or loss or damage to property, which you, your heirs, assignees, next of kin and/or legally appointed or designated representatives, may have or which may hereinafter accrue on your behalf, which arise or may hereafter arise from your participation in the NBASLH event. 

ASSUMPTION OF THE RISK. Participants and volunteers acknowledge and understand the following: 

1. Participation includes possible exposure to an illness from infectious diseases including but not limited to COVID-19. While particular rules and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious illness and death does exist; 

2. You knowingly and freely assume all such risks related to illness and infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, even if arising from the negligence or fault of the Released Parties; and 

3. You hereby knowingly assume the risk of injury, harm and loss associated with the Activity, including any injury, harm and loss caused by the negligence, fault or conduct of any kind on the part of the Released Parties.   

MEDICAL ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND RELEASE. You acknowledge the health risks associated with the NBASLH Event, including but not limited to transient dizziness, lightheaded, fainting, nausea, muscle cramping, musculoskeletal injury, joint pains, sprains and strains, heart attack, stroke, or sudden death. You agree that if you experience any of these or any other symptoms during the NBASLH Event, you will discontinue your participation immediately and seek appropriate medical attention. You do hereby release and forever discharge the released parties from any claim whatsoever which arises or may hereafter arise on account of any first aid, treatment, or service rendered in connection with your participation in the NBASLH event.     

* NBASLH will continue to monitor the changing CDC guidelines, and local jurisdiction requirements for the COVID-19 pandemic and will update policies as needed.*