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Last Update: December 2, 2021

We are watching the COVID-19 situation closely. FMEA is committed to the health and safety of our attendees and will make every effort to develop plans and policies to instill confidence in your ability to attend safely. We highly recommend everyone follow CDC Guidelines that are in place at the time of the conference.


Mitigation Recommendations

Florida law prohibits us from requiring attendees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but we highly encourage all attendees to be courteous to our attendees who are not able to receive the vaccine by getting the vaccine yourself if you are eligible. If you are unvaccinated, we recommend you follow CDC Advice and talk to your doctor about how to protect yourself and others around you from contracting and spreading the virus while attending the conference, and how to reduce the chance of severe illness in the event you do become infected. 

Mask Wearing is Strongly Encouraged: Because Hillsborough County and most of Florida is still considered a Substantial-Transmission area, masks are highly recommended for everyone's safety and all attendees are strongly encouraged to wear a mask at all times while indoors, regardless of vaccination status. 


Limited Rehearsal Observation

Due to social distancing in limited rehearsal space, many of the all-state and honors ensemble rehearsals will not have room for observers. Therefore, many rehearsals will be closed to parents, chaperones, teachers, and others who are not directly involved in the logistics of the rehearsal process. Directors are asked to please inform your chaperones that they may not be able to sit in and watch their child's rehearsals


Tampa Convention Center (TCC) "Ready Together" plan

  • TCC holds a Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) Star Facility accreditation
  • Frequent sanitation and disinfectant of all restrooms 
  • Continuous cleaning of all touchpoints
  • Overnight electrostatic cleaning of all areas used
  • COVID-19 branded signage in all common areas and pre-function spaces
  • Maintain 6-feet physical distancing in pre-function and common areas



By attending, you acknowledge and fully understand the nature and extent of the risk related to the COVID-19 virus and other contagious diseases and agree to attend this event at your own risk. You expressly acknowledge that COVID-19 is highly contagious and infection can result in death, the risk of infection and transmission are higher in indoor facilities, there are no safety precautions that totally eliminate the risk of contracting COVID-19, and individuals with various underlying medical conditions may experience worse outcomes.