2021 Elks National Convention Guidelines for Pre-Registration

Please read the Convention Guidelines below, including COVID-19 precautions and updated procedures for credential pick up and session attendance. To register for and attend the 2021 Elks National Convention, registrants must affirm that they - and any guests they register - will abide by these Convention Guidelines. Thank you for pre-registering for Convention, and being safe, patient and flexible as we navigate this changing situation together.

Attendance at the Grand Lodge National Convention in Tampa, Florida, is voluntary. Please be aware that attendance at convention may pose a risk of exposure to and illness from infectious diseases, including but not limited to SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) and its potential variants. While preventative measures aimed at reducing exposure to infectious diseases have been mandated for this event and may reduce the risk of exposure and infection, the risk of illness does exist.

Convention COVID-19 Guidelines and Precautions

Safety measures and plans are constantly evolving to provide the safest event possible; however, please be aware that the convention will observe Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations and guidelines regarding COVID-19 safety measures and precautions. All Convention attendees will be expected to:

  • wear face masks when in public convention spaces
  • practice effective social distancing by remaining six feet from others at all times
  • wash their hands frequently during the convention
  • monitor their own health on a daily basis to be alert for known symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Do not attend convention events if you feel any of these symptoms.

It should also be noted that face mask use is currently mandated by Tampa law under Executive Order 2020-42, which requires the use of a face covering by all persons when not in their home and not maintaining social distancing from other people who are not family members or companions.

Convention Procedures Update

Please make note of the following as procedures for credential pick up and session attendance have changed.

Credentials/ Badges will be available for pickup at your hotel from your state housing coordinator. CREDENTIALS FOR THOSE PREREGISTERED CANNOT BE PICKED UP AT THE CONVENTION CENTER.

  • Because of COVID-19 room capacity restrictions, all seminar, general session, and workshop attendees will be required to make a reservation for these events online on the Elks.org website. Event reservations will open online only on May 1.
  • Please check your email, the Elks.org website and The Elks Magazine for further information and updates concerning the 2021 Elks National Convention and the COVID-19 safety guidelines and precautions that will be in place to help ensure that everyone involved has a safe and healthy experience.