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Health and Safety

COVID-19

The Austin-Travis County COVID-19 Community Level is currently low and the local and state government have relaxed their COVID-19 safety measures. Currently recommendations are as follows:

Recommendations for those individuals that are up-to-date with their COVID-19 Vaccines

  • Masking optional when gathering, dining and shopping.
  • Local and state guidelines can be referenced by visiting here.

    Recommendations for those individuals that are at risk

  • Get up to date with your vaccines as soon as possible.
  • Masking optional when gathering, dining and shopping.

    From this date, the Vaccination Mandate and proof of negative test is not required. This means that you will not need Proof of Vaccination or Negative Test to attend the Event this year.

    Masks are not required but strongly suggested for indoor areas of gathering.

    Travel to the United States remains subject to COVID-19 entry requirements, which vary depending on your country of origin and whether you are fully vaccinated. Click here for more information.

    We are asking everyone to help ensure that the Event is as safe as possible. To that end, please do not attend if you do not feel well and there is any chance you have developed COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive within the last 10 days.

    We ask that all attendees, including all speakers and staff, adhere to a Code of Conduct, and this will be communicated clearly prior to and during the event. This aligns with protocols at other large-scale events, such as sporting events, concerts, festivals, etc.

    If you can’t attend in person, there's no need to miss out. We will offer a virtual experience to all pass holders both live and on-demand for 30-days post event.

    We will continue to review our health & safety protocols as necessary, and will update this page so you know what to expect when you arrive in Austin for Consensus 2022.

    COVID-19 Testing

    Testing will be on site at the locations and hours listed below. Please bring a copy of your health insurance card as testing fees can be billed directly to your insurance provider. If you do not have insurance, or have not supplied the information, you can pay via credit or debit card.

    If you need a test to travel home, you will need to have your COVID-19 test done by end of hours on Friday, June 9th. Results will be sent via email.

    Testing Sites Provided By the Event

    The Reverbery at the Hilton

  • Wednesday, June 8th - 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Thursday, June 9th - 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Friday, June 10th - 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Saturday, June 11th - 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Austin Convention Center

  • Friday, June 10th - 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Saturday, June 11th - 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, June 12th - 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    To pre-schedule your test, please visit nomi.health/RLAS.

  • Code of Conduct

    All attendees, including speakers and staff, are asked to consider the following before attending.

    Health and Safety

    1. Undertake your own health risk assessment, considering if you wish to travel to and attend such an event (considering your age and any health conditions or vulnerabilities).

    2. Follow any relevant guidance on travel, such as the safer travel guidance.

    3. Check with a transportation operator before traveling to and from an event or venue, as some transport operators may have their own requirements, such as wearing face coverings.

      1. If transportation services are likely to be crowded, we suggest face coverings are worn in crowded and enclosed spaces.

      2. If you are traveling from outside of the US, please be sure to follow all guidelines and requirements for international travel in place, such as any mandatory testing and quarantine measures.

    4. Please check for symptoms of COVID-19 before traveling to the event. Symptoms of COVID-19, as well as flu and common respiratory infections, now include: Continuous cough, high temperature, fever or chills, loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell, shortness of breath, unexplained tiredness, lack of energy, muscle aches or pains that are not due to exercise, not wanting to eat or not feeling hungry, headache that is unusual or longer-lasting than usual, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, diarrhea, feeling sick or being sick.

    5. Do not attend the event if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19. If you are unable to attend in person due to either having symptoms or testing positive, please contact CoinDesk Events directly to arrange a refund on the in-person portion of the pass.

    6. Please ensure you adhere to any relevant COVID-19 safety measures in place at the event, including observing directions given by staff.

    Behavior

    Consensus is not a place for behavior that is inappropriate, off-topic, disruptive, abusive, or illegal.

    The event defines inappropriate behavior as that may include any form of written, verbal or physical abuse or threats, the use of derogatory or discriminatory language, gestures or actions, any form of harassment, racism, sexism, or any other targeted comments which may violate any local, state or federal laws or cause personal offense to another event participant before, during or after the the events, whether in-person in Austin, Texas or at satellite events, via the mobile app, through social media channels, while engaging in any online aspect of the events, or any other method of communication.

    The event organizers may take action in its discretion to address any individual(s) or group(s) it believes fail to meet the standards set forth in this Code of Conduct, including, without limitation, revoking the violating parties’ pass(es) without refund.

    During in-person events we expect that all attendees follow public health guidelines related to safety, hygiene and COVID-19, including, without limitation, social distancing, hand washing, staying home if you are sick, and other disease prevention measures.

    Please contact events@coindesk.com if you believe you’ve observed or experienced a violation of this Code of Conduct and we will work to assess the situation and to respond as soon as possible. Notifying the event organizers does not constitute or replace a notification to local law enforcement.

    All suspected violations of the law should be reported to local law enforcement. For emergencies, immediately dial 9-1-1. For non-emergencies, the Austin Police Department is available at 3-1-1 or (512) 974-5000.

    If you’ve had unwanted sexual contact, SAFE provides support through our confidential, 24-hour SAFEline. Call: 512.267.SAFE (7233), Text: 737.888.7233, or Chat: safeaustin.org/chat. You don’t have to go to a hospital or talk to police. Advocacy, free forensic exams, and medical care are available at our clinic. Se habla español.

    Safety at Consensus

    Safety is a top priority at Consensus. Please prepare for your entry to the event by early arrival, and please note the following precautions and procedures we have in place.

    Entrances to official event venues will have security checks, including bag search, metal detection devices and screenings. All bags are subject to search.

    Attendees are encouraged to consider their bag type and use clear bags (mesh, plastic, vinyl, etc.) to expedite entry.

    All attendees and guests must have a valid event pass or ticket. If you, or a friend, require medical assistance, please call 911 and locate your nearest medical tent or alert a staff member.

    Remember, if you see something, say something. Flag down any staff member or public safety official if you notice something that doesn’t seem right. Call 911 in the event of an emergency. All event access is subject to capacity and on a first-come, first-served basis.