COVID Safety Rules for HPTS 2022

HPTS has always been about enhancing our community.   We have always been an in-person event oriented around meeting people and connecting. The interactive time between sessions is the primary purpose; the sessions punctuate the breaks!

The safety of our attendees is our primary concern.  The organizing committee members are themselves struggling with the personal risks involved in gathering during a pandemic.   We anticipate about 120-130 people will attend in person with differing ages and risk factors.

It is our goal to put safety first!  We know that COVID safety precautions are annoying.   We also know that for many people COVID presents very serious risks. The inconvenience is worth it for our precious friends.


For everyone’s protection, all attendees MUST follow the rules and requirements described below.  If someone cannot or will not comply with these rules, they may not attend HPTS.  Additionally, in-person attendees must review and agree to the In-Person Attendance Waiver and Release of Liability as outlined below.

HPTS is self-funded by registration fees.  We will attempt to refund fees to anyone who must  cancel or leave due to COVID exposure, test results, or illness.  While we cannot guarantee a refund in all cases, we hope to offset costs where possible.

In-Person Waiver and Release of Liability[1]

I understand that travel to and participation in events may increase the risk of exposure to communicable diseases or other unforeseen dangers.

I HEREBY RELEASE, WAIVE AND FOREVER DISCHARGE ANY AND ALL LIABILITY, CLAIMS, AND DEMANDS OF WHATEVER KIND OR NATURE AGAINST HPTS (High Performance Transactions Workshop) INCLUDING IN EACH CASE, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THEIR DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, VOLUNTEERS, AND AGENTS (THE “RELEASED PARTIES”), EITHER IN LAW OR IN EQUITY, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY LAW, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DAMAGES OR LOSSES CAUSED BY THE NEGLIGENCE, FAULT OR CONDUCT OF ANY KIND ON THE PART OF THE RELEASED PARTIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DEATH, BODILY INJURY, ILLNESS, ECONOMIC LOSS OR OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES, OR LOSS OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY, WHICH I, MY HEIRS, ASSIGNEES, NEXT OF KIN AND/OR LEGALLY APPOINTED OR DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVES, MAY HAVE OR WHICH MAY HEREINAFTER ACCRUE ON MY BEHALF, WHICH ARISE OR MAY HEREAFTER ARISE FROM MY PARTICIPATION WITH THIS EVENT.

HPTS will continue to monitor the changing guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic and will update policies as needed and will communicate those changes to registered attendees.

By registering for this event, I agree to abide by all health and safety guidelines and recommendations promulgated by federal, state, and local government agencies and officials, HPTS, and the event venue. I understand and agree that failure to provide documentation confirming my vaccination status will result in denial of entry to the in-person event.


[1] We want to express our gratitude to USENIX for granting their permission to use a modified version of their waiver and release of liability.