COVID Health and Safety

The Cognitive Development Society is committed to holding a safe and inclusive face to face conference in April 2022.  Due to the continuation of the pandemic, and the ever changing regulations, CDS will be following the health and safety measures of Dane County with additional safety measures to ensure the comfort of delegates.

CDS and Monona Terrace Community and Conference Center will be adhering to all local, state, and national regulations currently in effect.  Please click here to find the current Dane County regulations.

As of February 1st, there is a current mask mandate in all public places, of which Monona Terrace is considered.  Delegates will be required to wear a mask when not presenting at the podium, eating or drinking.  Presentation at a poster will still require a mask.

Delegates who do not adhere to the health and safety measures may be asked to leave the conference.

Before the conference

International delegates, follow the relevant health and travel requirements for your country.  Please make note of the requirements for entering the United States and ensure compliance.

Ensure you have proof of full vaccination status (double vaccination for Pfizer or Moderna, or single vaccination for Johnson & Johnson) as required by the Cognitive Development Society.  Should you have a medical exemption from your University, please contact us for further safety measures.

If you have been exposed to COVID-19, have symptoms or test positive, stay home and do not attend the conference.

On site measures

Although proof of vaccination is not required by Dane County, CDS will be requiring proof of double vaccination to attend the meeting.  Proof will be required to be shown at the registration desk upon arrival.  Following proof of vaccination, delegates will be provided with a wristband that must be left on for the duration of the meeting.  If the wristband must be removed, please visit the registration desk to show proof again and acquire a new wristband.

Masks are currently required in Dane County and are required to be worn by all attendees when not eating, drinking or presenting at the podium.  Please note, masks must cover both the mouth and nose.

The Cognitive Development Society and Monona Terrace Community and Conference Center will be setting the meeting rooms to allow for as much distancing as possible, including in the poster hall.

Hand sanitizing stations are present throughout the venue and additional disposable masks will be available at the registration desk should one be forgotten.  In the interest of reducing environmental impact, kindly provide your own mask.

Monona Terrace Community and Conference Center is currently operating under enhanced cleaning protocols.  More information can be found on their website.

Please note, CDS will not have on site testing for COVID.  Should international delegates require testing prior to returning, further information and support can be provided as to locations for testing.

Should a delegate not feel well or has tested positive to COVID-19 during the meeting, please do not attend the meeting and contact us at

After the conference