COVID Safety at the AVCA Convention
AVCA is committed to attendee safety and will follow all CDC, local, and venue guidelines when implementing the convention. These guidelines are likely to change leading up to December so please visit this page for updates.
Please click here for a summary of AVCA COVID safety measures.
Please click here for details of COVID safety precautions implemented by CHI Health Center which will host the AVCA Convention and NCAA Championship. Click here for more information on COVID safety steps executed within the convention center.
Please click here for information on Omaha COVID safety guidelines.
Please click here for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services guidelines.
AVCA will implement the following safety measures at the convention. This list will be updated throughout the fall based on recommendations and guidelines from local and national health officials.
- Registration counters will be spaced 8’ apart with 6’ social distancing markers placed on the floor for registration lines. Registration staff will wear masks and gloves.
- Bottle of hand sanitizer and a mask will be provided to all attendees. In addition, CHI Health Center will provide hand sanitizer throughout the convention center and arena.
- Gloves will be available for attendees upon request.
- Volleyball Marketplace aisles will be spaced 12’ wide to accommodate 6’ of spacing on both sides of the aisle.
- All exhibitors will have 10’ of space between each booth. No side-by-side booths are permitted.
- A separate entrance and exit will be utilized to increase spacing between attendees entering and departing Volleyball Marketplace.
- Exhibitors and attendees are strongly encouraged to wear masks, maintain social distancing, and use hand sanitizer when networking with each other in Volleyball Marketplace and throughout the convention.
Meeting Rooms/Education/Career Center
- Bleacher seating for court and beach sessions will be spaced so that social distancing requirements are maintained.
- All educational sessions and meetings will utilize CDC and local social distancing requirements for room sets and chair placements. Currently those requirements are chairs being spaced 6’ apart and a maximum of 6 chairs per table round.
- Events that bring all attendees together as a large group such as the Super Session, Opening Session, and Closing Session will not be held this year. Those events have been replaced with education breakout sessions or other activities.
- Meeting room capacities will be strictly enforced to maintain social distancing guidelines. Access to education sessions is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Most court and classroom sessions are being recorded for attendees who were unable to enter the room due to capacity restrictions. In addition, popular sessions will be repeated to offer more opportunities to attend those presentations.
- Individual appointments with career counselors inside the Career Center will continue to be offered at the convention. Counselors and coaches will be seated at opposite ends of a 6′ table to maintain social distancing. Coaches and counselors are strongly encouraged to wear masks and avoid handshakes during appointments.
- All banquets, parties, and receptions will utilize CDC and local social distancing requirements for room sets and chair placements. Currently those requirements are a maximum of 6 chairs per table round at the banquets. Table seating will be utilized at parties and receptions to maintain social distancing guidelines and adhere to room capacity limits.
- Attendees are strongly encouraged to wear masks, maintain social distancing, and use hand sanitizer when networking with each other
- Food/Beverage service will consist of individually wrapped items, boxed meals, or plated meals. No buffet service, self-serve refill, or self-serve condiment stations will be offered.
- All catering staff will participate in a health check prior to starting their shift to include temperature checks. Any staff member showing symptoms will not report to work.
- All catering staff will attend mandatory COVID safety training for food service.
- All catering staff will wear personal protective equipment when handling and serving food/beverage items.
- Food service equipment is sanitized before and after each use. Surfaces in contact with food are sanitized at least every 30-minutes.
- Concession stands will be operated using disposable packaging, floor markers for lines, plexiglass dividers, and cash-free payment options.
CHI Health Center Cleaning/Staffing
- CHI Health Center custodial staff will clean all areas of the building before, during, and after the convention activities each day. CHI uses a state-of-the-art Clorox Total 360 cleaning system with a disinfectant cleaning solution for thorough sanitation.
- CHI Health Center staff are required to wear masks and gloves while working. In addition, all staff is required to pass a temperature screening before each shift.
- All AVCA Convention hotels have implemented a deep cleaning program within their guest rooms and meeting space as well as enhanced safety procedures on how they handle and prepare food/beverage. Hilton brand hotels (Hilton Omaha, Hilton Garden Inn, DoubleTree, Homewood, Hampton, Embassy Suites) utilize the Hilton CleanStay program. Marriott brand hotels (Courtyard, Residence, Fairfield) have enacted a Commitment to Clean program. IHG (Holiday Inn) has implemented the IHG Way of Clean program. Please click on the program links for details on how each brand is working to keep guests safe within their hotels.
- The NCAA will follow CDC and local guidelines for the NCAA DI Women’s Volleyball Championship seating inside the arena. Current guidelines are a maximum of 8 people per group. Seating will be staggered throughout the arena to accommodate social distancing parameters. Seats not being utilized will be marked off. Please visit this page for updates as seating guidelines could change.