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ACFI Guidelines


These guidelines include measures that may actively mitigate the spread of coronavirus. This is merely suggestion to sustain a healthy and safe venue in this unique environment.  The ACFI will no longer be requiring any restrictions regarding Covid-19.   It’s important that we all respond responsibly and transparently to these health precautions.

These guidelines are subject to change and updates without prior notice.  Seeing as the guidelines, measures and restrictions of the pandemic change continually on official sources such as the CDC and WHO, and in some cases drastically, please check back regularly for any changes that may occur. 



We recommend following guidelines and measure put into place by the Marriott Plaza Hotel and/or the CDC and WHO.  This policy is not meant to replace any other policies in place by the venue Hotel and/or the CDC and WHO.

*ACFI Covid-19 Policy Amendment - Restrictions Removed (01 July 2023) 

  • Negative COVID-19 Test Will NOT BE REQUIRED.

    • We WILL NOT be requiring a negative COVID-19 Test or proof of vaccination for any staff and/or attendees.

  • Masks will NOT be required 

    • Due to the US and other countries like Canada removing these mandates as well as the CDC stating it is now safe to remove mask mandates, the ACFI will not be requiring masks. We want everyone to feel safe, so feel free to wear one. This portion of the policy has also been removed from the CoC, Rule# 3 - Our Rating (Dress Code).  As a vendor, you may ask that people wear one at your table.  Please note that the ACFI will not be providing masks so you will need to provide your own.  Please be respectful of other's decisions on Masking, as any harassment is a violation of Rule #8 of the CoC and engaging in controversy is against Rule# 14, Tradition 10.


  • Wash Your Paws (Hands)

    • Be sure to wash your paws (Hands) with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public space, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol.  Sanitation stations will be placed in various locations around the convention.  


  • Avoid Unnecessary Contact

    • Avoid touching your face, specifically your eyes, nose, and snout (mouth), with unwashed hands.

  • Cough/sneeze into your sleeve, preferably into your elbow

    • If you use a tissue, dispose of it properly and clean/sanitize your hands immediately.


  • Monitor your health

    • If you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc.), we ask that you please do not attend the convention for the safety of yourself and others.

  • Get Vaccinated!

    • Please get vaccinated when eligible to! It is heavily encouraged that if you are not vaccinated, that you go out and do so! It helps stop the spread and potential developments of any other variants.

  • Exposure

    • If you have recently been around or in close contact with anyone displaying or as having Covid-19 or any of its related symptoms or are coming from an area with unusually high cases (based on CDC announcements) please stay home.

For any questions about the CDC and their recommendations, guidelines and other important details please go to:

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