No, attendees and exhibitors are not required to wear a face covering at the AEA Convention. According to Hilton CleanStay program’s website at www.hilton.com/en/corporate/cleanstay, Hilton is asking guests to follow all local guidelines and laws with respect to wearing a mask in indoor public areas. Hilton team members will continue to wear face masks out of an abundance of caution.
Regarding local guidelines and laws, Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently issued several executive orders detailing the ongoing plan to open businesses and activities in Texas. According to Executive Order GA-34, “No person may be required by any jurisdiction to wear or to mandate the wearing of a face covering.” Learn more from the Texas Department of State Health Services at www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/opentexas.aspx.
Without a mask mandate, each individual should make their own decisions regarding attendance based on their own health and comfort levels. Individuals who choose to wear a face covering at the AEA Convention have the responsibility to bring the mask that works best for them.