FAQ’s: What Impact Does Washington DC’s Recent Vaccine Mandate Have on the 2022 March for Life?

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FAQ’s: What Impact Does Washington DC’s Recent Vaccine Mandate Have on the 2022 March for Life?

What about the March for Life?

The 49th Annual March for Life, including the rally and pre-rally concert, will go on as planned! Outdoor events are not impacted by the Washington, DC vaccine mandate.

What about the Rose Dinner Gala?

The Rose Dinner Gala will continue in-person as planned! See additional hotel requirements for in-person attendance below.

What about Capitol Hill 101?

We will combine the two Capitol Hill 101 sessions into one in-person panel discussion at 11:00 AM on Thursday, January 20. See additional hotel requirements for in-person attendance below.

What about the Expo?

The Expo is unfortunately cancelled this year due to COVID related complications.

What about staying overnight at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC?

Guests do not need to be vaccinated or to provide proof of a negative COVID test to stay overnight at the hotel.

What will be required to attend the Rose Dinner Gala or Capitol Hill 101?

In order to attend the Rose Dinner Gala or Capitol Hill 101, those 12 years and older must provide the Renaissance DC Downtown Hotel with proof of identification and either (1) proof of receiving one COVID shot by January 15; or (2) a medical or religious exemption together with proof of one negative COVID test within the last 24 hours of the time of your arrival at the Renaissance DC Hotel.

What is needed for a medical exemption?

A medical exemption needs to be in writing from a medical provider and must be accompanied by one negative COVID test in the last 24 hours of the time of your arrival at the Renaissance DC Hotel.

What are the requirements for a religious exemption?

A religious exemption may be stated verbally or provided in writing and must be accompanied by one negative COVID test in the last 24 hours of the time of your arrival at the Renaissance DC Hotel.

What are the approved types of COVID tests?

PCR, antigen, and other tests available at drugstores are approved. Pictures of negative tests and emails of confirmed negative results are acceptable. Due to high demand, we recommend purchasing a test soon and bringing it from home as tests may not be readily available in Washington, DC.

Will the Rose Dinner Gala be livestreamed?

Yes. Guests may make reservations to participate in the Rose Dinner Program virtually from 8:00 – 9:00 PM for $25. To be the first to receive more information about registration, CLICK HERE.

Will Capitol Hill 101 be livestreamed?

Yes, the 11 AM to noon Capitol Hill 101 session will be livestreamed. To be the first to receive more information about registration, CLICK HERE.

What is needed for the vaccination requirement?

Those 12 years and older must provide proof of identification and proof of receiving one COVID shot by January 15.  Acceptable forms of proof of vaccination include a CDC-issued vaccination card (original, photocopy or digital copy), record of immunization from a healthcare provider or public health authority, or a COVID-19 verification app (including VaxYes, Clear, Excelsior, MyIR).

Will I need proof of vaccination or an exemption and a negative COVID test to check in to my room at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington DC?

No. The hotel will not record or track any vaccine, exemption, or testing information.

Will I need proof of vaccination or an exemption and a negative COVID test to use the Renaissance Hotel in Washington DC’s fitness center, restaurant, and meeting spaces?

Yes. The Rose Dinner Gala and Capitol Hill 101 are held in the hotel meeting spaces. All guests that provide proof of vaccination or an exemption and negative test will receive a wristband that allows them full access to the hotel and its meeting spaces.

Will masks be required?

Yes, masks are required when not eating or drinking. March for Life masks and hand sanitizer will be available at the Renaissance DC Downtown Hotel and Rally Site.

Additional Safety Precautions

Because the protection of all of those who participate in the annual March, as well as all of those who work tirelessly each year to ensure a safe and peaceful event, is a top priority of the March for Life, we encourage anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms to remain at home and participate virtually. Per the Department of the Interior, masks are required for all marchers and attendees who are not able to maintain social distancing, even outdoors. Face masks for those who need them will be available at the rally site, as well as hand sanitizer. We are profoundly grateful for the countless women, men, and families who sacrifice to come out in such great numbers each year as a witness for life.

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