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Last Update: September 23, 2021

We are watching the COVID-19 Delta Variant 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. 

At a minimum, we plan to follow CDC Guidelines that are in place at the time of the conference.

As we get closer to the conference, this page will be updated to keep our membership, all-state students, chaperones, and other conference attendees informed about what to expect during your time at the conference.


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

Mitigation Requirements

Florida law prohibits us from requiring attendees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but we ask all attendees to be courteous to our attendees who are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine. 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. 

In the event that Florida or Hillsborough County is still considered a High-Transmission or Substantial-Transmission area at the time of our conference, please be prepared, and make sure your students and chaperones are prepared, for the following possibilities:

  • Everyone may be required to wear masks indoors.
  • Certain all-state ensembles may be smaller than usual to allow for distancing
  • Singers, percussionists, and strings may be required to rehearse and perform in masks, and bell covers may be required for wind instruments.



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.