Safety Information

The planners of WIC are excited to be able to meet safely in-person this May for the 2022 Woodworking Industry Conference. Due to the fluid COVID-19 situation around the world, the leadership of WMIA and WMMA are proactively monitoring health protocols based on guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the government of The Bahamas to ensure a safe meeting for all attendees. We are also working with the team at The Atlantis for local guidelines and The Atlantis Clean & Safe Promise to see the steps that are taken for attendees health and well-being while in The Bahamas.

Per official regulations of the Bahamian government at this time, masks are optional at Atlantis except when checking into your respective hotel. Below are some other instances where masks are still required in The Bahamas:

  • When entering and transiting air terminals
  • During security and customs screenings
  • At baggage claim
  • When checking in and boarding aircraft
  • When travelling in a taxi
  • When standing in lines
  • When entering an establishment, unless posted otherwise

Find out more about measures currently under way to ensure the safety of this event:

The planners of WIC will make every effort to ensure these health and safety measure are followed at the conference to keep everyone safe and healthy, but we cannot do this alone. Thus, we ask all attendees to do their part by taking personal responsibility and remaining vigilant about their own health including:

  • Wearing face coverings in other indoor places throughout the city where event is held (e.g., restaurants, bars and other indoor attractions), should local mandates require them
  • When possible, physical distancing in indoor spaces
  • Using hand-sanitizing stations as they are available
  • Washing your hands frequently
  • Act in a responsible manner and observe and comply with all COVID-19 safety protocols outlined by the planners of WIC and the event venue
  • Stay home in the event of exposure to COVID-19, a positive COVID-19 test, or if symptoms arise. Please contact your association headquarters for details on canceling registration should this need arise.

The planners of WIC require that all attendees review and agree to its Registration Policies and Code of Conduct registering for the event.

Tips on Travelling to the Bahamas

As of March 4, 2022 the following are required travel and entry protocols for The Bahamas and Nassau/Paradise Island:

STEP ONE: TESTING REQUIREMENTS

  • Vaccinated Travelers will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test (either Rapid Antigen or RT-PCR Test) taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of arrival to The Bahamas
  • Unvaccinated Travelers will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR Test taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of arrival to The Bahamas
  • Children between the ages of 2 and 11 are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test (either a Rapid Antigen Test or RT-PCR Test) taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of arrival to The Bahamas
  • Children under the age of 2 are exempt from any testing requirements.

STEP TWO: BAHAMAS TRAVEL HEALTH VISA APPLICATION

  • All visitors traveling to The Bahamas are required to apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa at https://travel.gov.bs/
  • Fully vaccinated visitors are required to upload negative COVID-19 test results (either a Rapid Antigen Test or RT-PCR Test) in addition to valid proof of vaccination confirming they have passed the two-week immunity period (such as CDC or government issued vaccine record card).
  • At this time, the Bahamas Government will only be accepting vaccinations by AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria/Covishield), Janseen (Johnson & Johnson), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Moderna (Spikevax), Sinopharm, Covaxin or Sinovac.
  • Unvaccinated Travelers, ages 2 and older, are required to upload their negative COVID-19 test results per the above Testing Requirements
  • As part of the Bahamas Travel Health Visa application, travelers will be required to opt in to the COVID-19 health insurance that covers them for the duration of their stay in The Bahamas, up to one (1) month. The cost of insurance is included in the Bahamas Travel Health Visa application fee.
  • Bahamas Travel Health Visa applications can take up to 24 hours to process and should be completed with adequate lead time.
  • The cost of the Bahamas Travel Health Visa is dependent on length of stay and vaccination status.
  • All visitors eighteen (18) years and older are required to complete an individual Bahamas Travel Health Visa application.
  • Persons seventeen (17) years and younger are to add a profile within the account of their parent or guardian and complete an individual Bahamas Travel Health Visa application.

Please visit The Bahamas Travel Updates website for the most current information on COVID-19 protocols – including Pre-Departure, During Travel, the On-Island Experience, and Return to US as information is being updated regularly. We are looking forward to gathering with you safely in The Bahamas for WIC 2022.