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COVID-19: Impact on FINRA Conferences & Events

As part of our business continuity plan at FINRA, we are closely monitoring the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and following recommendations and guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Event Status

Based on guidance from public health agencies, FINRA will assess the feasibility of safely hosting events on a case-by-case basis. Please visit our Conferences and Events web page for the latest updates.

Attendee Guidance

COVID-19 Requirements for In-person Attendees – Proof of Vaccination and a Negative Test Required:

As of April 5, 2022
Registration for in-person attendance (as opposed to virtual attendance) at FINRA events requires proof that registrants are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Upon arrival at the conference site, each individual must complete a health questionnaire and attest to testing negative to a rapid antigen COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours prior to the start of the event.

Health and Safety:
FINRA will closely follow guidelines and recommendations from the CDC as well as from state and local officials when establishing minimum health and safety requirements for our events. FINRA’s requirements may exceed the minimum guidelines or recommendations of government entities.

Optional Masks:
In light of the CDC’s recently updated guidance on mask wearing, we are making it optional to wear masks at FINRA conferences. However, we encourage attendees to wear a mask if they are, or someone in their home is, immunocompromised or at high risk for severe illness, or if they have a child who is 4 years of age or younger and thus is currently ineligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. We may implement a mask requirement as health and safety conditions dictate.

Physical Distancing:
While many venues are not currently requiring physical distancing, FINRA will provide physically distant seating and event space set-up to allow individuals who wish to physically distance while in sessions to do so comfortably. Additionally, to help attendees communicate their level of comfort in interacting with one another, FINRA will provide all attendees with their choice color coded bracelets (shown below) to represent each attendee’s choice of contact:

Red – Greet from 6 feet

Yellow – Elbows only

Green – Handshakes and high-fives

When attending our events, we ask that you follow general precautionary practices, which include:

  • Avoid shaking hands
  • Shield your coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash; if a tissue is not available, use your sleeve
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you are feeling ill