COVID-19 policy

As we look forward to our first in-person event since 2019, we’re prioritizing the health and safety of everyone who attends. Keep an eye on this page to stay up to date on our COVID-19 guidelines and policies for FWD50.


Your health and safety are our first priority.

FWD50 is an in-person, indoor event. While we won't be implementing stringent testing and vaccination verification requirements at the conference, we do take public health seriously and want to ensure that attendees who come to the event aren't sidelined by COVID as a result.

With that in mind, we're requiring that everyone take a rapid antigen test the day before you first attend the event, or a PCR test within 72 hours before attending. We also strongly encourage everyone to get fully vaccinated and boosted before joining us onsite. We will not proof at registration—this is on the honour system. We're relying on your sense of community and honesty to keep your friends, and fellow members of the public service, safe.

While it's not in the news as much, there is a lot of COVID going around, including breakthrough infections and new variants. It would really suck to discover that you’re sick on the second day of the conference, have to miss the rest of the event, and also have to tell all the people you spent time with that they might have been exposed—putting a huge damper on their participation, too.


Don’t be that person.

Rapid tests are available at pharmacies or drive-through testing sites, as well as through schools, so this requirement should not put an additional financial burden on any attendee. Consider bringing extra rapid tests with you to the event.

For added protection, you can also choose to wear a mask in indoor areas, bathrooms, and other spaces at the venue. We support you in taking extra precautions for your health and well-being. Respect others' health choices. If someone asks you to wear a mask, avoid a handshake, or keep your distance, please do so. We can’t wait to see some of you in person in November—and we want you to feel completely confident about your decision to join us.


What if large gatherings are prohibited again in November?

If we’re not legally able to safely host an in-person conference during our scheduled dates, FWD50 will change to an online-only event. While we prefer an in-person conference, the team behind the event has pioneered some of the world’s leading hybrid events and has the tools and resources to deliver a high-quality online conference.


Have more questions?

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