Health and Safety
Welcome back, FFA!
We’re thrilled to return to an in-person National FFA Convention & Expo in 2021. As part of our plans to host a safe event, please follow our event requirements and recommendations below to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Effective Sept. 7, 2021
Mask wearing is required in all indoor spaces at the 2021 National FFA Convention & Expo. Masks must be worn over the mouth and nose by everyone except when actively eating or drinking.
Attendees actively competing, performing or presenting in an activity that requires public speaking, singing or instrument performance may choose to remove their masks while directly participating in that activity.
Masks are acceptable to wear with Official Dress.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Indiana Department of Health and Marion County Public Health Department all say the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to get the vaccine, which is free and widely available for all persons 12 years of age and older.
Follow travel guidelines
The CDC has guidelines for travel in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are fully vaccinated, self-monitor for symptoms, wear a mask and take other precautions during travel. If you are not vaccinated, get a COVID-19 test 1-3 days before travel, self-monitor for symptoms, wear a mask and take other precautions. You should also get tested 3-5 days after travel and self-quarantine for 7-10 days.
Stay back if you’re sick
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 less than 10 days before or any time while attending the National FFA Convention & Expo, do not come to the event. Attendees that have suspected or confirmed COVID-19 illness are eligible to have their registration fees refunded with documentation.
Event staff at the National FFA Convention & Expo will follow many protocols to promote a safe event, including:
- Any individual with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 symptoms must immediately leave the event.
- Close contacts of individuals with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 symptoms must immediately leave the event.
- On-site COVID-19 testing available. (Additional fee may be required.)
- Increased placement of hand sanitizing stations.
- The use of hospital-grade air filtration systems at the Indiana Convention Center and other venues.
- Nightly cleaning and sanitization of event venues.
In consultation with public health officials, event staff may continuously update any requirements, recommendations or protocols to promote a safe event.
- How is FFA ensuring safety at the convention?
- How is FFA enforcing the mask requirements?
- What types of masks are acceptable?
- If I’ve already had COVID-19, do I still have to wear a mask at the convention?
- If I’m fully vaccinated, do I still have to wear a mask at the convention?
- Are there any exceptions to the mask-wearing requirement?
- Where are masks required?
- Is there a capacity limit at the National FFA Convention & Expo?
- Will event seating be socially distanced?
- Do FFA shuttle buses require masks to be worn?
- Are exhibitors, volunteers and other event staff required to wear masks?
- What happens if I’m unable to attend the event?