WIC Registration Policies

The Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA) and the Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA) are committed to providing a healthy, safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all during the Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC). All participants, including, but not limited to attendees, speakers, volunteers, sponsors, staff, venue personnel and other contracted service providers are expected to abide by the following Code of Conduct and Duty of Care. Responsibility is shared equally among all stakeholders, all of whom have a role to play in the mitigation of risk.

Code of Conduct

WMIA and WMMA are dedicated to providing a harassment-free program experience for everyone during WIC. Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated and is defined as:

  • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form related to gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, physical appearance, age, experience, or other characteristic.
  • Use of hateful, obscene, defamatory, discriminatory, or violent language.
  • Inappropriate use of sexual language, nudity and/or images.
  • Unwelcome or uninvited attention or contact with another participant.
  • Expressed or implied threat of physical or professional harm.
  • Harassing photography or recording.
  • Sustained disruption of presentations, sessions, or other events.
  • Unauthorized copy or screen shot of presentations or Q&A. All educational content is the property of the author(s). Permission required for reuse.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior(s) are expected to comply immediately.

WMIA and WMMA reserve the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate in response to any incident of unacceptable behavior, including immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund and restrictions on attendance at future WIC meetings.

If you experience harassment, notice any incidents of unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the WMIA or WMMA staffs or a member of either organization’s Board of Directors.

WMIA or WMMA staffs will be happy to help participants contact security or local law enforcement, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the meeting.

Health & Safety

The WMIA and WMMA Boards of Directors and staff look forward to the opportunity to meet face-to-face. The health, safety, and comfort of all of our meeting constituents is our top priority throughout the event. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 status locally in The Bahamas and are in continuous communication with the staff at the Atlantis Paradise Island Hotel and local authorities to ensure a COVID-19 compliant program. Visit the Government of the Bahamas Ministry of Health’s website to review the current case counts and other important local data.

Before Leaving Home

  • Follow relevant guidance provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your own local health authority for recommendations on how to protect yourself against COVID-19.
  • Adhere to The Government of the Bahamas travel requirements including COVID-19 testing policies prior to arrival in the Bahamas, application for a Travel Heath Visa and testing requirements during your stay. Please click here to see current travel requirements.
  • Review airline travel policies by visiting their websites: American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines.
  • Evaluate your own health and that of people you are in close contact with. Stay home if you feel sick or experiencing any of these symptoms: temperature over 100.4F, loss of taste or smell, cough, runny nose, sore throat, muscle aches, headache.

On-site During the Event

  • Follow guidance from local health authorities, for everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses such as washing your hands often, covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces, etc.
  • Agree to abide by the Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas COVID-19 on-property protocols which may include mask wearing in public spaces, social distancing, etc. Be sure to check this webpage frequently as protocols are subject to change without notice.
  • Agree to risk mitigation procedures as instructed by WIC. WMIA and WMMA have sole discretion and will advise participants of such requirements prior to arrival.
  • Any person refusing to comply with WIC or the Atlantis Paradise Island’s required safety protocols will also be asked to leave the event and/or venue. Security may be present throughout the Atlantis Paradise Island to ensure that all guests are following on-property protocols. Violator may be subject to a fine, imprisonment, or both. WIMA nor WMMA are not responsible for any individual penalties.
  • If you choose to leave the meeting venue, you agree to continue to follow safety protocols in consideration of the safety of all meeting participants. Attendees should limit their exposure outside the facility.
  • Should a guest exhibit any illness symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they should quarantine in their room and call Ext. 30 immediately to reach the Atlantis medi-clinic. The Atlantis Health and Safety team and local medical and health officials will be notified immediately to determine the specific course of action.
  • Should you exhibit Covid-19 symptoms or test positive over the meeting dates, you will not be allowed to attend the meeting. Any additional expenses you may incur to quarantine or return home will be your responsibility.

Post-event

  • Adhere to travel requirements including COVID-19 testing policies for re-entry to your country of origin. Please click here to see current re-entry requirements to the United States, Canada, and the UK.
  • If you are a WMIA member and you test positive for COVID-19 up to 14 days after returning home, please contact Brittany Marsala Olson at bolson@wmia.org and Michael Battaglia at mbattaglia@wmia.org to advise them.
  • If you are a WMMA member and you test positive for COVID-19 up to 14 days after returning home, please contact Diane Schafer at diane@wmma.org and Fred Stringfellow at fred@wmma.org to advise them.

Waiver & Release of Liability

By registering to attend WIC, all participants acknowledge the following and choose to accept all risks waiving any right to sue WMIA, WMMA or either organization’s officers, directors, contractors, representatives, agents, employees, sponsors, or other representatives and any owners and lessors of the premises used to conduct WIC in connection with any of the following:

  • Exposure, infection, and/or spread of COVID-19 related to meeting participation. I understand that by attending WIC, I may be exposing myself to or increasing my risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19, despite WMIA and WMMA’s safety precautions. I also understand that such exposure or infection may result in quarantine requirements. Any additional expenses incurred to quarantine or return home are solely my responsibility. Additionally, WMIA and WMMA’s are not responsible for any loss of business revenue resulting from quarantine requirements.
  • Optional activity participation. I know that participating in any recreational or competitive events offered during WIC such as the 5K run or athletic tournaments are potentially hazardous activities. By registering for any of these events, I certify that I am medically able to perform each event, am in good health, and properly trained. I agree to abide by any decision of event staff relative to any aspect of my participation in this event, including the right of any official to deny or suspend my participation. I assume all risks associated with each optional activity including but not limited to falls, contact with other participants, the effects of weather including heat and/or humidity, and conditions of the runway or playing field.
  • I understand that this waiver means I give up my right to bring any claims including for personal injuries, death, disease or property losses, business revenue loss, or any other loss, based upon claims of negligence.