COVID-19 Safety Guidelines | Digital Summit Chicago

COVID-19 Safety Precautions

With the return to live Digital Summit events, the DS team is dedicated to ensuring a great experience and keeping you safe during any ongoing pandemic conditions in the U.S. For the cities where we're planning in-person events, please see all the measures below that we will be following to ensure everyone's safety regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Digital Summit will continue to adhere to the CDC and local health agencies recommendations, and will update event health policies as necessary.

If you're still not comfortable attending an in-person Digital Summit this year, you can purchase the recordings to view on demand post event or attend one of our virtual events.

For our in-person events, here is what you can expect:

Out of an overabundance of caution and safety for our guests, the Digital Summit staff is fully vaccinated and will be wearing masks throughout the event. We highly encourage all participants attending the event in any capacity to be vaccinated.

  • If You Are Sick

    If you have a temperature, are showing any potential symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been in close contact with anyone that has tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of the event then you need to stay home and request a refund. The Digital Summit team will not be conducting temperature checks at the event. If you don't feel well, please stay home. Potential COVID-19 symptoms include:

    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue

    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat

    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

  • Masks

    Speakers, sponsors and staff will all be wearing masks throughout the event. We strongly recommend all attendees to wear masks.
    As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in both the event location and nationally, we will ultimately be adhering to the local guidelines as it relates to mask use. Please check the location page for any recent updates as we get closer to the event.

  • Hand Cleaning

    Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the event. Touchless hand sanitizer stations will be available at most venues. By this point, everyone should know that hand washing is important in helping reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  • Local Venue

    We are working with the venues that host our events and are confident that they are doing everything they can as recommended by their local health agencies and required by their management.

  • Physical Touching is Discouraged (Handshakes, Hugs, or Fist Bumps)

    While many at the event are vaccinated and/or not concerned about the health risks that physical touch may present, we request that attendees, speakers, staff and sponsors respect a “no-touch” policy at the event and highly recommend washing your hands often to prevent illness.

  • Seating and Spacing

    Seating will be spaced with the recommended distance between attendees as determined by the venue and its local government. We may limit the number of passes sold at each event, as necessary, to meet such requirements.

  • Food and Beverage

    We will be working with the venue to revise how food and beverage services will be provided to minimize exposure/risk. Designated networking times with food and beverages will take place at the beginning or end of programming each day to allow those, who prefer it, the opportunity to avoid large groups where masks are likely to be removed. One exception may be a late morning break on Day 2. See the Agenda page to confirm details for each event.

  • Vaccinations

    While we strongly encourage our guests to be vaccinated, we are not requiring proof of vaccination at this time.
    Out of an overabundance of caution and safety for our guests, the Digital Summit staff is fully vaccinated.

  • Local COVID Guidelines

    If you're attending from out of town, please make sure to familiarize yourself with the local government guidelines, specifically as it relates to any potential hotel stays, indoor dining, etc. Visit our location page for more information.

  • No-risk Refund

    We're offering full refunds right up until the start of the event for any COVID-related issues like exposure, sickness, company policy change, or just discomfort with attending in person.

    Virtual Pass
    Downgrade your pass to the "virtual only" option which gives you post-event access to the OnDemand: Session Recordings. Reach out to for more information.

    Pass Transfer
    Transfer your pass to another person and/or any event (in-person or virtual) to this year on next year.

    Any refunds, downgrades or transfers must be requested prior to Day 1 of the event. "No-shows" are not eligible for partial or full credit post-event. Please reach out to or call 919-529-5373 for pass change requests.

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