The GSM Experience Meets

Best-In-Class Health Safety

In preparation for GSM 202ONE, we've spent months learning from leading medical and public health professionals to create a Healthy and Safety program that is based on the most effective health safety practices available. We are grateful to the *State of New York for setting a high standard on COVID safety. For the planning team at Gay & Sober, that means that we are eager to do what drives us every day: create exceptional guest experiences! You will receive the full GSM Conference experience from the moment you arrive.

WESTIN'S COMMITTMENT TO CLEAN

As we welcome you into to our hotel, we are committed to providing you with a safe environment that aligns with expert protocols for working to defeat COVID-19. Consisting of in-house and outside experts in food and water safety, hygiene and infection prevention, and hotel operations, our *Marriott Cleanliness Council is redefining cleaning and safety standards. Marriott will actively monitor and evolve solutions to ensure a continued focus on the health and safety of guests and staff.

For more details, click here.

(*Marriott is the parent company of Westin.)

HEALTH, SAFETY, AND SANITATION

FACE MASKS:

Let's face it...face masks are the new normal. Our team of volunteers and guests are required to wear face coverings while in public spaces. Face coverings will be available at each venue entrance. Additional face coverings will be provided in participant's welcome packet. Face coverings are mandatory in all public spaces throughout the state of New York. All guests are required to wear face coverings while on property at Westin Times Square. If you are unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition, you may wear a self-provided non-restrictive alternative that fully covers your nose and mouth such as a face shield instead. Only those wearing either a face covering or face shield will be allowed entry onto the property.

If you do not have a mask or a face covering, you will not be allowed into the workshops or meeting venues.

No exceptions will be made. 

SANITATION:

A team of cleaning professionals will be disinfecting guest areas of the host hotel 24 hours a day. New and enhanced cleaning technologies including electrostatic sprayers are utilized to sanitize surfaces throughout the hotel. Westin is using air purifying systems that are effective against viruses in the air and on surfaces. Door handles, elevator buttons, escalator rails and chairs will be disinfected on a continuous daily basis. Hotel keys and signature pens will be cleaned and sanitized before distribution. Guests will be reminded to use hand sanitizer while in public spaces. There will be hand sanitizing stations throughout the hotel and at all meeting venues. Hand sanitizer dispensers, touch-less whenever possible, will be placed at contact areas such as the hotel lobby, reception areas, restaurant entrances, meeting and convention spaces, elevator landings, and exercise areas.

A bottle of hand sanitizer will also be included in your welcome packet. 

SOCIAL DISTANCING:

Appropriate physical distancing are in place limiting the number of chairs we are using during workshops and meetings. Queuing lines will be clearly marked for appropriate physical distancing in elevator landing areas. No more than four guests will be permitted per elevator. Participants will be advised to practice physical distancing by standing at least six feet away from other groups of people not traveling with them while standing in lines, waiting for elevators or moving around the property. Many physical layouts have been arranged to ensure appropriate distancing. The big nightly meetings are also expected to be at outdoor, open-air venues. 

CONTACTLESS CHECK IN AND CHECK OUT:

Less Contact. More Convenience.
These are unprecedented times, so Westin is going to unprecedented lengths to welcome you safely. From check-in to check out, they’ve reimagined your stay to reduce contact and increase your comfort. These services are made easy through the Marriott Mobile App. (Marriott is the parent company of Westin.)

GUEST ROOM SANITATION:

Guests will be assigned a room that has been thoroughly cleaned, disinfected and sealed with a disinfection sticker that the guest will break upon entry.  Each guest room will receive a COVID-19 awareness card outlining the health and disinfection steps being taken by the resort. In guest rooms, Westin has added to its detailed cleaning practices, requiring all surfaces to be thoroughly cleaned with hospital-grade disinfectants. The company will also be placing disinfecting wipes in each room for guests' personal use. 

IN THE SUBWAY:

The Subway is running, reliable, and will get you where you need to go. Remember masks are required when you ride the Subway. Riders who refuse to wear a mask could get a $50 fine. If you need a mask, go to a booth and ask for one. They will give you a free disposable one. 

AT THE AIRPORT AND ON THE STREETS:

In New York, wearing masks is the law, and it's the right thing to do. Masks are a sign of respect to the people around you. Enforcement officers will issue a fine as a last resort. They'll first ask you to put yours on, then offer you a free one. If you refuse, you will be subject to a fine and arrest. 

*For full details from the State of New York, click here.

**Please be advised. A risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place or accommodation. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can cause severe illness and death. As an informed participant, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.