Health & Safety Guidelines
Effective: December 1, 2021 – Subject to Change

The health and safety of the 25th Winter Fluorine conference attendees and staff is a top priority. By registering to attend the 25th Winter Fluorine Conference as an in-person attendee, you are agreeing to comply with health and safety protocols published by the ACS Division of Fluorine Chemistry, the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa, state and/or local health officials. As new developments arise, our approach may adapt, and we will keep attendees informed of any changes. 

To ensure the safety of our attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, and staff, the ACS Division of Fluorine Chemistry has incorporated the following health and safety protocols: 

Mask Requirements: 

  • All attendees and staff are required to wear a mask or an approved quality face covering (gaiters and bandannas are not approved face coverings) while participating in all conference sessions and or hosted/sponsored events. Attendees and staff may remove their masks temporarily when eating or drinking and conference speakers may remove their masks when presenting. 
  • An acceptable “mask” is made of at least 2 layers of breathable fabric or hospital grade material, fully covers the nose, nostrils, mouth and fits firmly under the chin, and fits snugly, but comfortably against the side of the face. 

Vaccination Requirements: 

  • All attendees must be fully vaccinated by January 2, 2022, 14 days from the start of the conference. 
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), individuals are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson’s/Janssen). 
  • “All attendees” include conference attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, ACS Division of Fluorine Chemistry leaders and staff. 
  • All attendees are required to upload proof of vaccination before attending this conference. ACS Division of Fluorine Chemistry has partnered with 42Chat/HealthShield to administer the collection of vaccine documentation. Once registered, attendees will be notified via text with instructions on how to upload their vaccination card for validation. Once the card is uploaded reviewed and validated, 42Chat/HealthShield will send a text message back (email for international) indicating if the card has been validated and/or explanation as to why the card has not been validated and/or requires additional action. 

ACS Division of Fluorine Chemistry health and safety protocols also includes: 

  • Physical distancing in meetings rooms whenever space allows. 
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the meeting space. It is the responsibility of each person to maintain personal hygiene, including washing your hands frequently for at 20 seconds with soap and warm water. 
  • Disinfectant wipes will also be available in every breakout room for disinfecting high touch items used by presenters. 
  • Please observe physical distancing guidelines when greeting others. ACS Division of Fluorine Chemistry discourages handshaking, hugging, or other unnecessary person-to-person contact. 
  • COVID-safe catering.
  • If you are experiencing COVID-related symptoms or believe you have been recently exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID, or you test positive for COVID-19, please do not come to the conference.

IMPORTANT: In light of the events surrounding COVID-19, this is an appropriate time to remind ourselves of the risks incident to be participating in the 25th Winter Fluorine Conference. Even with every reasonable precaution to keep you safe as outlined for you by the hotel, CDC, state and/or local officials and the World Health Organization, ACS Division of Fluorine Chemistry cannot fully eliminate all risks of harm to attendees or guarantee their safety, especially from risks posed by COVID-19 or its variant strains. Ultimately you are responsible for your own safety.

(Closest PCR COVID-19 Testing Station Near Hotel)

Walgreens 703 Court St.
Clearwater, FL 33756

COVID Testing Sites in Clearwater and Surrounding Areas

(Closet Hospital Near Hotel)

Morton Plant Hospital
300 Pinellas Street Clearwater, FL 33756


Hotel Safety Protocols

World of Hyatt Safety Protocols

Florida COVID-19 Response

Local County COVID-19 Response

Latest from the CDC

Advice from the World Health Organization


Travel Guidelines from the CDC 

International Travel

TSA Guidelines 

American Airlines 

Delta Airlines 

Southwest Airlines

United Airlines

Conference Contacts

Conference Chair
Viacheslav (Slava) Petrov
The Chemours Company
Chemours Discovery Hub N2 – 136-S
201 Discovery Blvd.
Newark, DE 19713
Tel: 302-773-6633


Conference Co-Chair
David Vicic
H. S. Bunn Distinguished Professor
Department of Chemistry, Lehigh University
6 E. Packer Ave.
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Tel: 610-758-3466

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