For the 2022 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™ in Orlando, Fla., the Academy will follow the latest developments in COVID-19 safety protocols and legal requirements. While the Academy strongly recommends that all registrants, exhibitors and guests be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Florida law prohibits the Academy from requiring proof of vaccination as a prerequisite for admission to FNCE® 2022.
Based on current guidelines, the Academy has adopted the following meeting entry requirements and onsite safety and health protocols for FNCE® 2022. The Academy may alter these requirements and protocols as public health guidance or local and venue requirements evolve.
UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 18, 2022
The Academy remains committed to ensuring FNCE® attendee policies are in alignment with CDC guidelines related to COVID-19. NEW: The CDC has updated the status of Orange County (Orlando, FL) to green status (lowest risk) and changed its recommendations for self-quarantine if testing positive for COVID.
The Academy strongly recommends, for the health and safety of all attendees, that each registrant provide proof of vaccination or take a PCR or OTC antigen test prior to attending the meeting. All in-person attendees will be required to select from one of three options during the registration process to register for the event. Options include (1) providing proof of vaccination; (2) providing a copy of negative PCR or antigen test results within 72 hours of arrival; or (3) opt-out of providing any documentation prior to arrival at FNCE®. These options provide the Academy the ability to follow up accordingly if CDC guidance changes prior to the meeting.
The Academy appreciates the commitment of FNCE® attendees to ensure the health and safety of all in-person participants by providing proof of vaccination or negative test results if at all possible. As a large private meeting renting space to hold its event, the Academy is allowed to continue to strongly encourage vaccination or negative test from attendees. Since it is understood some individuals cannot be vaccinated for medical, religious, or personal reasons, the Academy is committed to making reasonable accommodations part of the FNCE® attendee plan.
Vaccination and PCR/Antigen testing requirements may be revised if local conditions and public health recommendations change.
The Academy strongly encourages all attendees, exhibitors, speakers and staff members to obtain vaccine booster doses in compliance with the latest U.S. Centers for Disease Control guidance. More information on vaccines and boosters can be found on the CDC’s website.
IMPORTANT: FNCE® participants are required to wear their meeting badge to access ALL events at the Orange County Convention Center – West Concourse, FNCE® buses/shuttles*, Hyatt Regency, and Rosen Centre. Any individual not wearing an official FNCE® attendee badge will be denied admission into the event or session.
*FNCE® attendees will be permitted to board shuttles upon arrival to the convention center to pick up their badge at Registration (Convention Center Level 1).
Masks at FNCE®
Update May 12, 2022: Masks are optional at FNCE®. In areas with substantial and high COVID-19 transmission, the CDC recommends that everyone — even fully vaccinated people — wear masks in public and indoor settings. You are responsible for bringing your own mask.
The mask requirement may be revised if local conditions and public health recommendations change.
Onsite Health and Safety Measures
The following protocols will be in place during FNCE® 2022 (subject to change):
- Portable and wall-mounted hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the Orange County Convention Center.
- Frequent cleaning and disinfecting will be performed on commonly touched surfaces and in high-traffic areas.
- Restrooms will have touch-free surfaces, including automatically flushing toilets, hands-free faucets, paper towel dispensers and hand dryers.
- All attendees, exhibitors, guests and staff should:
- Stay out of the Orange County Convention Center if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19.
- Wash hands often with soap or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Engage in responsible health and safety practices at all times and in all FNCE®-related locations.
Please continue to check this page for additional details and updates as FNCE® 2022 approaches.