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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 recommended and/or 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.

The tide on masking has shifted extensively since IBPA initially posted these health & safety guidelines. Currently, there are no states with an active indoor mask mandate. Hawaii, the last state to do so, lifted its indoor mask mandate order March 25. In light of this, on April 4, 2022, IBPA changed its in-person mask mandate to a mask recommendation.


In addition, we are requiring that all in-person conference attendees and event staff:

  • 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.

  • respect the personal choices others make reguarding social distancing and masking.

  • 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.

  • 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.

And, we are strongly recommending that all in-person conference attendees and event staff:

  • become fully vacinated prior to attending the event.

  • wear a mask in all indoor settings regardless of vaccination status.

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 "bumped up" or "bumped down" or transferred to IBPA Publishing University 2023. To request cancellation of or a change in your ticket, contact Angela Bole at
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