We are excited to bring our community together again in 2023. With that in mind, AIM is committed to ensuring we follow all local, state, and federal COVID-19 guidelines related to large gatherings.
How will I know if there are changes?
We will update the Animal Image Makers website and notify all attendees via email should any local, state, or federal guidelines change between now and the first day of the conference.
Masks: Face Coverings Are Encouraged
All attendees are encouraged to wear face masks inside buildings in an effort to keep one another safe. Unvaccinated attendees must wear a face mask in public indoor settings. This includes classes, the expo floor, restaurants, bars, and meeting spaces. Guidelines are subject to change per local and federal rules.
While vaccinations are not mandatory for you to attend, we highly encourage attendees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine/booster before coming to the Animal Image Makers Conference.
Special Measures During the Show
Where can I find more information about the guidelines?
For up-to-date information, please visit these links:
There are two types of Covid-19 tests:
At-Home Rapid Tests
We encourage attendees to bring their own rapid test if they feel they will need to test before attending or before leaving the conference, or if they suddenly don't feel well. We will do our best to have some tests on hand, but cannot guarantee we will have availability.
Community testing sites (No cost)
Schedule an appointment for a test at one of Minnesota’s free community testing sites across Minnesota. Sites offer rapid, saliva, or both types of tests. The nearest options to the conference are:
The state has a saliva testing site in Bloomington at 9930 Logan Avenue S., the former site of the Motor Vehicle Office (DMV) (approximately 7 miles from the Hilton MSP). Appointments are encouraged. You can make an appointment online to get tested there Monday - Friday from 11am-6pm, or at another state testing location.
Appointments for saliva tests may be made at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport from 7am-7pm. Appointments only – no walk-ins. Saliva results available within approximately 24-72 hours from processing. Parking will be available for all seeking a COVID-19 test. (Drive to Terminal 1 and into the entry plaza for the parking ramps. Signs will guide you from the inbound roadway to the clinic location. Follow signage to Level 2 in the Blue Ramp. Walk to the centrally located elevator lobby and follow signs to the clinic.) The Hilton offers a free airport shuttle as well. Appointments can be scheduled here.
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The US-Canada borders are open to fully vaccinated travelers. The Government of Canada’s travel advice for visiting the USA is as follows:
The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.
Canadian attendees must have a COVID test one day before traveling to the USA. This can be an antigen test and most places that test will give you results within 2 to 5 hours. Print your results to show to airline agents. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html
Canadians need to be vaccinated to travel by airline. https://www.aircanada.com/il/en/aco/home/book/travel-news-and-updates/2020/covid-19.html#/
When Canadian travelers leave the USA, they need a PCR test within 72 hours from their USA flight into Canada. (For example, if someone has two flights within the USA before entering Canada, that time would be calculated from the second flight.) Antigen tests are not accepted to enter Canada.
Canadian travelers must also get the ArriveCan app: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/arrivecan.html
All travelers 5 years of age and older must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter Canada. However, travelers visiting Canada who recovered from COVID-19 can enter the country with proof of a positive molecular test instead of a negative one. The Canadian government says the positive test must have been taken at least 15 and no more than 180 days before entering the country. The positive test must be from an accepted type of molecular test, which can be a PCR, nucleic acid test or an RT-LAMP. Travelers who show a positive result won’t have to take an arrival test upon entry to Canada. Fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. are currently able to visit Canada, and all travelers must provide results of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure to Canada or proof of recovery.
Looking for more information? Check out the State of Minnesota's Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Testing page.
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