COVID-19 Policies & FAQ

Your safety is our highest priority. Our COVID policies, and those of the state of Oregon and city of Portland, offer greater peace of mind. Because the city and state take COVID seriously, we see Portland as an ideal location for a large, productive conference next year.

A recent 30,000 person event at the Oregon Convention Center showed us that large events can be done safely, and done well. See why we’re encouraged.

What are the safety protocols and admittance requirements regarding COVID-19?

These are the primary COVID-19 safety protocols in place at the Oregon Convention Center (subject to change) and required for admittance to the International Mass Timber Conference:

  • Proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test result within 72 hours of the first day of the conference for people 12 years of age or older. (See below for more information on accepted proof.)
  • Masks must be worn while indoors except when actively eating or drinking, and also outdoors if physical distancing is not possible. View the Oregon Administrative Rule requiring masks, and accepted face masks.

What is considered an acceptable proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test?

The following are acceptable as proof of vaccination:

  • A CDC-issued vaccination card including the name of the person vaccinated, the type of vaccination provided, and the date that the last dose was administered.
  • A digital photo of a CDC-issued vaccination card stored on a phone or electronic device.
  • A printed photo of a CDC-issued vaccination card.

The following are acceptable as proof of a negative COVID-19 test:

  • A digital photo of negative COVID-19 test results that includes the name of the guest.
  • A printed photo of negative COVID-19 test results that includes the name of the guest.

Do I need to show my proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test every day that I attend the event?

No, you only need to show your proof of vaccination or negative test once when you first check in to the conference at the registration desk.

What types of face masks are acceptable?

The Oregon Administrative Rule that went into effect August 27, 2021, states that masks, face coverings, or face shields are required in all indoor spaces, except when actively drinking or eating. Masks are also required in most public outdoor settings—regardless of vaccination status—where physical distancing is not possible.

Oregon Health Authority recommends wearing a face covering or mask instead of a face shield, except in limited situations when a face shield by itself is appropriate, such as talking to someone who is deaf or hard of hearing and needs to read lips to communicate.

Learn more about Oregon’s mask recommendations and requirements.

Is Portland, Oregon, a safe city to visit during the pandemic?

Oregon has one of the highest rates of fully vaccinated in the U.S. In Multnomah County where Portland sits, 80% of the eligible population is fully vaccinated (at time of writing).

Many restaurants, bars, theaters, and other establishments in Portland require proof of vaccination or negative PCR test in order to enter. This further increases safety throughout the city.

View the Centers for Disease Control’s latest findings on vaccinations, COVID infections, and more.

NOTE: All COVID-19 admittance requirements stated above are subject to change at any time, at show management’s discretion. The conference abides by all federal and state laws, rules, and mandates.