COVID-19 Safety at the 2023 Folk Alliance International Conference

We’re modifying several elements of the in-person Folk Alliance International Conference this year to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Here are a few of the changes to expect, with more details below and forthcoming. FAI reserves the right to add or modify the precautions in place for your safety as we continue to monitor the situation.

COVID-19 Policies

Mask Policy

Masks are required at all times in conference areas (meeting and showcase rooms, private showcase rooms and hallways, registration, etc.). The only exception is for artists while they are onstage performing. Conference registrants may briefly pull down their mask to take a drink or a bite of food, but should immediately pull up their mask. FAI encourages attendees to wear masks in other areas of the hotel, but this is not a hotel requirement, and other hotel guests and visitors may or may not wear masks or be vaccinated. This requirement will be reviewed in January 2023 for a final decision on masking.

Vaccination Policy

Vaccines and boosters are strongly encouraged for all conference attendees, but are not required.

Cleaning & Sanitization

Read about the COVID-19 precautions in place at the Westin Kansas City where this year’s conference takes place. In addition, we’re currently assessing the sanitization needs respective to event programming and will develop additional cleaning and sanitization procedures where necessary during and in-between conference events.