Keeping Our Community Safe

The health and safety of our members, guests, NELA & Institute team, and the hotel team is our foremost priority.

Vaccinations have reduced many of the COVID-19 guidelines/mandates regarding face masks, social distancing, and travel. In some states and cities, guidelines are still in place, including vaccination mandates, while in others, guidelines/mandates have been eliminated. On May 5, 2023, the World Health Organization lifted the Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) for COVID-19. The Department of Health and Human Services has announced that the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19, declared under Section 319 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, expired on May 11, 2023.

We will continually monitor public health information and may amend our protocols consistent with changes to public health guidance. Notification will be sent if there is a change in our policy.


To allow for participation by the greatest number of members in our community, up-to-date vaccination as defined by the CDC is strongly encouraged. We also ask that participants test for COVID-19 within the 24 hours prior to arriving at the Convention.


Masking at the 2023 Annual Convention is optional but encouraged when not actively eating or drinking. Should public health guidance change or the spread of COVID-19 becomes a concern at the event, NELA may require masking at all sessions and events.

Participants may be denied entry or asked to leave if experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. 

NELA will have masks, hand sanitizer, and a limited supply of COVID-19 rapid tests available at the registration desk.

You can reach out to Jeffrey Mittman, NELA’s Executive Director, with questions or concerns. Jeffrey can be reached at (415) 625-5401 or