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Note: This page will be continuously updated as new developments occur. Please check back regularly for updates. Last updated on June 24, 2022.

The Decoupled Days organizing team is committed to the safety and health of all conference attendees. We readily understand that our attendees, sponsors, and speakers, particularly those joining us from outside New York City and the United States, may have deep concerns and questions about the ongoing outbreak of novel coronavirus and the considerable disruption caused by coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Decoupled Days 2022 will be an in-person conference to be held on August 17-18, 2020. Please continue reading for further details.

COVID-19 protocols

As we continue to grapple with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and coronavirus disease (COVID-19) around the world, we on the Decoupled Days organizing team have continued to follow developments closely.

In the interest of everyone’s health and safety at our conference, although Decoupled Days 2022 will be held in person at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City on the dates of August 17-18, 2022, we will require one of the following to attend our event:

At registration, all attendees will be asked, regardless of their vaccination status or recent negative PCR test result:

  1. whether they have come in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 14 days and
  2. whether they are currently experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, including but not limited to fever, cough, and labored breathing.

If a participant tests positive for COVID-19 and notifies us to that effect, we will alert all attendees of the case, especially those in the same room, contact the COVID team at John Jay, and request that the attendee with the positive test self-quarantine and not return to the event for the duration of the conference. The John Jay College of Criminal Justice requires event participants to adhere to at least three feet of social distancing between individual attendees or to wear masks where social distancing is not possible. Our registration desk will have face coverings and other PPE available for any attendees who need them, in addition to information about free New York City COVID-19 testing sites close to the venue.

We continue to watch developments closely and follow regular updates from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and from the New York State Department of Health and New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. We strongly recommend that attendees, sponsors, and speakers follow all of the aforementioned authorities for the latest information during these fast-moving events. If you feel symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home or in your accommodation and call your health provider. If you are unable to afford or seek care, please call 311 in the New York City area.

Preventing the spread of COVID-19

Though vaccines are now available for COVID-19 and vaccine administration has begun in the United States, much of the population remains vulnerable. While no solution is foolproof, standard precautions can be taken to help prevent the spread of the virus.

  • Wash your hands. Handwashing is the most proven and recommended way to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, as well as any other communicable disease. Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds after using the restroom, eating, or coughing or sneezing into your hands.
  • Cover your cough (and sneeze). Since the novel coronavirus is spread through airborne droplets, preventing the spread of droplets is key. When coughing or sneezing, do so into a tissue or your elbow. Do not use your hands. Wash your hands as soon as you can afterwards.
  • If you are sick, stay home. If you are concerned that you have novel coronavirus or any other communicable disease, please stay home to avoid infecting others.

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