SOT looks forward to seeing you in San Diego, California, for its 61st Annual Meeting and ToxExpo and is prioritizing the safety of all meeting participants in planning for and conducting the event.

The Society is monitoring safety, health, and travel guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and state and local health authorities. SOT will continually adjust its processes for the event in accordance with these directives.

Meeting Policies in San Diego

There are no attendance limits on events in California.

For indoor events with 1,000+ attendees taking place in California through November 1, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has placed the following requirements:

  • A verification of fully vaccinated status or a pre-entry negative test result is required of all attendees, meeting participants, and staff.
  • Attendees must follow the CDPH Guidance for Face Coverings.

The CDPH is expected to assess the public health situation again by October 15, 2021, to determine whether changes are needed to events being held beyond November 1, 2021.

Enhanced Participation

While returning to in-person meetings is highly anticipated, some individuals will be unable to come to San Diego due to travel restrictions and health concerns, but SOT is ensuring that all can participate in this year's meeting. Through digital offerings, registrants off-site will be able to remotely join the San Diego proceedings for scientific presentations and discussions. More information on remote participation will be available in the coming months.

Safety and Security

In addition to convention center security, SOT employs security personnel to assist before, during, and after the meeting. The personal safety tips outlined below are provided by these security experts.

Personal Safety

The best way to stay safe is to be aware of your surroundings and to avoid situations in which you feel uncomfortable.

Walk “smart” when you leave the San Diego Convention Center:

  • Take off your badge when you leave the convention center.
  • Establish a “buddy” system with another meeting attendee and don’t walk alone. Also, share schedules and check on each other periodically.
  • Know your destination and the best way to reach it. Avoid shortcuts that take you into unoccupied, unlighted areas or isolated streets.
  • Keep your cell phone charged and never let strangers borrow it.
  • Carry bags, purses, and valuables in front of your body. Jackets with pockets provide a convenient alternative to reduce the chance for lost or stolen handbags.
  • Be sure your laptop is in a secure place. Laptops are attractive, easy targets for thieves.
  • If you see something, say something! Report suspicious activity to authorities.

In Case of Protests

  • The possibility of demonstrators is very real given the nature of this conference. Events of this nature range from verbal confrontations, protests, and strikes to riots. We recommend the following procedures in the event of demonstrations:
  • To identify yourself as an official meeting attendee, always wear your name badge while in the San Diego Convention Center. When leaving the facility, remove your badge to appear to be a resident of the city. Avoid being distracted by your mobile phone.
  • If you see a demonstration or protest beginning, please contact any member of the SOT Annual Meeting staff, and they will start an SOT response. If you see actions that appear threatening, notify the nearest security officer.
  • Do not engage, defend either side, or subdue anyone in any type of disturbance. Demonstrators are usually trying to attract media attention. Don’t help them!
  • SOT representatives will respond to media inquiries. Do not participate in interviews or other media responses.
  • In the unlikely event that outsiders disrupt a Scientific Session or other event, SOT security officials have well-developed contingency plans in place. Please follow directions from the chairperson and avoid becoming involved in the situation.