Health + Safety

Promoting a safe and healthy experience for 2022 FAA Drone Symposium attendees.

The FAA and AUVSI are closely following the ongoing public health situation. We are excited to see everyone at the 2022 FAA Drone Symposium, scheduled for April 28 in Orlando, FL.

The safety of our guests is important to us, and we ask attendees to follow and respect our Health + Safety Tips.

  • Get Vaccinated! The CDC recommends vaccination, and the FAA and AUVSI encourage all attendees to get vaccinated prior to attending the Symposium.
  • Those experiencing symptoms or have been recently diagnosed with COVID-19 should not attend in-person events.
  • Respect and practice social distancing when possible and avoid greeting others with physical contact.
  • Mask up! Masks are encouraged in busy indoor spaces and will be available at AUVSI’s registration desk.
  • Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the convention center.
  • Enjoy! Let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Orange County Convention Center Health + Safety

The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation through updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Florida Department of Public Health, along with Orange County Government officials. The OCCC is adhering to guidelines from the CDC and continues to urge people to take health precautions including washing hands regularly and observing physical distancing.

Sanitation Measures.

As a Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accredited venue, the OCCC has a disinfectant procedure in place for cleanings which adhere to the CDC and WHO guidance. Recognized as the gold standard of safe venues, the OCCC is one of the largest venues in the nation to receive the GBAC STAR™ accreditation. As a division of the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA), GBAC STAR™ is an industry accreditation that provides third-party validation to ensure the implementation of rigorous protocols in response to biorisk situations. Focused on ensuring a clean, safe, and healthy environment, the program establishes requirements to assist venues by providing best practices, protocols, and procedures to control risks associated with the COVID-19 virus.

The OCCC also has an increased number of hand sanitation sites available throughout the surrounding campus, providing alcohol-based hand sanitizer for all attendees and staff. Other precautionary measures include enhancing onsite communications and signage regarding CDC recommendations, increasing the frequency of cleaning, and disinfecting bathrooms and commonly touched objects like hand railings, door handles and ongoing training for OCCC staff and partners for best practices on providing a safe and healthy environment.

For more information about what the OCCC is doing, visit

Networking/Food Functions

  • All servers will wear gloves and masks.
  • Where available, distance barriers or guards will be used.
  • Where applicable, pre-packaged catering functions and menu items/sealed beverages may be obtained from stations without the requirement of an attendant.
  • Reusable cups/tumblers and personal water bottles are discouraged.

Medical and Emergency Protocol

  • The exclusive medical provider for the Symposium, Event Medical Services, will provide extra medical support as needed onsite to ensure attendees have a safe and healthy event.
  • A standard First Aid room will be available onsite.


Here are some helpful links on what Orlando is doing to stay clean and safe.


  • Attendees should not travel to the 2022 FAA Drone Symposium if they are not feeling well. Attendees should monitor the CDC travel guidelines prior to their departure.
  • Orlando International Airport (MCO) is complying with travel restrictions signed by the US Government.

Concerned about flying to the event?

Research has shown that there is very little risk of any communicable disease being transmitted on board an aircraft. Did you know that the quality of aircraft cabin air is carefully controlled? Ventilation rates provide a total change of air 20-30 times per hour. Most modern aircrafts have recirculation systems, which recycle up to 50% of cabin air. The recirculated air is usually passed through HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters, of the type used in hospital operating rooms and intensive care units, which trap dust particles, bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Learn More.

Up-to-Date information on Orlando International Airport (MCO).


Uber and Lyft have been actively updating their plans to keep drivers and riders safe during this time based on CDC guidelines. Read more about what Uber and Lyft are doing to help people get to their destinations safely.