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COVID 19 Risks

There is a non-zero risk of one or more attendees at Comhdháil arriving with undiagnosed or non-symptomatic COVID-19, and therefore a non-zero risk of transmission of the virus between delegates.

These are unprecedented times, and whilst the risk from the virus is relatively lower than it was before vaccination and boosters, it’s still an unpleasant and potentially life-changing illness.

Ultimately, attendees choosing to attend USI Comhdháil must accept this non-zero risk, and must, if they intend to stay at USI Comhdháil, work with USI to reduce the likelihood of transmission.

Hand sanitisers are placed on tables in the Congress Hall, and we ask all attendees to either wash their hands in the bathrooms close to the Congress Hall (preferable) or use the hand sanitisers when they come to their seats.

USI will provide masks to delegates without their own, and we ask all attendees comfortable wearing masks to wear them as they move about the property. We ask that you err on the side of caution in this regard.

We recognise that, at Comhdháil, it is anticipated that social activity in the bars will probably take place mostly unmasked; we ask that attendees consider being mask-ready at all times.

What to do if I have concerns

We ask that any delegate experiencing any COVID-like symptoms, particularly coughs or sneezes, adopt the precautionary principle of wearing a mask as soon as any symptoms develop. If you become concerned, we ask that you remove yourself from the hall and contact your Delegation Leader who will contact the Congress Director.

Ultimately, if you test positive for COVID, USI will require you to make arrangements to leave the venue.  You should speak with your delegation leader about any way in which they can help you get home.

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