COVID-19 Considerations 

The committee members of MWRDC are committed to providing safe meeting environments and to ensuring the health and safety of all participants in its events. We currently plan to host an in-person event in Grinnell, Iowa, but are continually monitoring the situation. In the event that hosting an in-person gathering would be too unsafe, we plan to move the event to a virtual conference. 

By registering for and attending the MWRDC in Grinnell, Iowa, attendees agree to comply with the following health and safety protocols established by MWRDC to help prevent exposure to COVID-19 and ensure the safety of all event participants. 

Please Note: These policies may be revised occasionally to reflect changing pandemic-related circumstances and the latest guidance from public health officials as well as the CDC. Grinnell College is a private college therefore has its own COVID-19 policies. Please check this page periodically for updates or changes to these protocols

Before Leaving Home

  • Get Vaccinated - Grinnell College requires all attendees to be vaccinated 

  • Registrants who feel sick, who have tested positive for COVID-19 within 10 days of the MWRDC (even if still asymptomatic), or who have been in close contact with anyone who has COVID-19 within 14 days of the MWRDC should stay home

On-site During the Event

  • All registrants are required to wear masks that cover their nose and mouth at all times while attending all indoor MWRDC programs and social events

  • All registrants are encouraged to take appropriate preventative actions to help stop the spread of COVID-19, such as:

    • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

    • Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth.

    • Covering nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing​

Post Event

  • All registrants and guests who test positive for COVID-19 within 14 days after returning home from the MWRDC in Grinnell are encouraged to notify the MWRDC planning committee by emailing mwrdc@iastate.edu. Upon receipt of any such notification, and while maintaining the confidentiality of any attendee who reports a positive postmeeting COVID-19 test result, MWRDC planning committee will notify all event attendees of their potential exposure to COVID-19 during the conference.