GABCON 2021 COVID-19 Update


The Georgia Association of Broadcasters staff and board of directors are looking forward to once again hosting our annual convention, GABCON at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead on October 22nd and 23rd, 2021. After more than a year and a half of uniquely challenging conditions, our members will come together this fall to strengthen our industry and celebrate all that we have accomplished together.

While GABCON 2021 presents us with the opportunity to once again see each other in person, we recognize this year will be a little different. GAB is actively monitoring the latest CDC developments including the Delta and Lambda variants and our health protocols will be updated accordingly.

Health Protocols

The City of Atlanta is open for business and has been safely hosting events for several months. To bolster the world-class safety protocols already in place at our host venue, the Georgia Association of Broadcasters is providing the following resources and highlighting some of the COVID-19 protocols you can expect to see during GABCON 2021.

Mandatory Masks

As of July 28, 2921, the Mayor of Atlanta is requiring all people, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks in doors. This includes the ballrooms, meeting rooms, and reception areas that will be used during the convention. Please note in accordance with this order, at this time, attendees will be required to wear a mask during GABCON unless they are actively eating or drinking. Masks will be provided at registration as well as throughout the event space.

Temperature Checks

Each attendee must consent to a “no-touch” temperature check when picking up their badge at the registration desk as well as prior to entering the Ballroom for the 2021 GABBY Awards. Per CDC guidelines, temperatures reading at or above 100.4°F (38°C) will be considered a fever. 

Social Distancing

Receptions, education sessions, and banquets will embrace social distancing, which includes reduced table seating during meals and adequately spaced seating during education sessions. During receptions, attendees will be encouraged to keep a minimum of 3 feet apart, as recommended by the CDC. 

Facility Cleaning

The Grand Hyatt Buckhead conducts regular—in many cases hourly—cleaning and sanitization of frequently touched surfaces and high-traffic guest and colleague areas such as elevators and elevator buttons, escalator handrails, and restrooms, as well as the surfaces and equipment in our gyms and spas. Cleaning and sanitization includes the use of hospital-grade disinfectants as well as exploring and testing the use of electrostatic sprayers. We are also implementing enhanced cleaning protocols for guest rooms, including the removal of high-touch items and minimizing the number of times our hotel teams enter guest rooms. To minimize contact, some Hyatt locations may have adjusted housekeeping services. Guests can indicate their housekeeping preferences upon check-in or anytime during their stay.

See Hyatt’s Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment policies here.

Local Health and Safety Mandates

GAB will be following all local health and safety mandates, which include encouraging anyone planning to attend GABCON 2021 to be vaccinated or have recently received a negative COVID-19 test.

City of Atlanta Covid Update:

Failure to Comply

Registration for any and all events associated with GABCON 2021 serves as an agreement by each attendee to follow the health and safety protocols set forth in the above text. Attendees who choose to blatantly disregard these protocols may forfeit their registration and be asked to exit the event without refund or recourse.

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