COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines


The Independent Book Publishers Association is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for everyone who opts to particiate in IBPA Publishing University in-person.


IBPA is monitoring COVID-19 and may adjust in-person attendance requirements as necessitated by CDC, public health, and Florida government guidelines. As of August 1, 2021, Florida law does not allow businesses to require that people provide documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or post-infection recovery to gain access to, entry upon, or service from the businesses operating in the state. Even so, IBPA expects our in-person attendees will come fully vaccinated. In addition, IBPA will provide face masks and work with the hotel to arrange proper social distancing.


If Florida law related to providing proof of vaccination changes between now and the conference, IBPA will make vaccination a requirement for all in-person attendees. In addition, event staff and in-person attendees are advised to stay home if they have tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for COVID-19 test results, have COVID-19 symptoms, or if they have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for or who has symptoms of COVID-19. Registered ticket holders should email if this becomes the case to cancel their in-person attendence and request a refund of the paid ticket price.

In addition, all in-person conference attendees and event staff are required to:

  • comply with all applicable regulations imposed by federal, Florida state, and/or local health authorities and government mandates, and must adhere to and abide by all safety precautions established by meeting and hotel venues.

  • wear a mask in all indoor settings regardless of vaccination status. CDC guidance should be followed during meal functions.

  • wash their hands frequently (for example, before, during, and after taking tickets, after touching garbage, after shaking hands, etc.) with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Hand sanitation stations will be readily available. All meeting rooms, the exhibit hall, and all common areas will have physically distanced seating. Special accommodation requests can be sent to

Go ALL ACCESS with confidence. ALL ACCESS ticket holders can register with confidence knowing they can modify their registration to VIRTUAL ONLY at any time and the difference in registration fees will be returned without penalty.
Activate our flexible refund policy. Full refunds are available through January 31, 2022. ALL ACCESS and VIRTUAL ticket holders can cancel their registration and receive a full refund through January 31, 2022. After January 31, 2022, all tickets are non-refundable, but can be transferred to IBPA Publishing University 2023. To request cancellation of your ticket, contact IBPA COO Terry Nathan at