80th General Convention Announcement

Anucio de la 80ª Convención General

Important Registration & Travel Information

Información Important de registro y viaje

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Registration & Deputy Certification

Quick Registration Information

  1. Have your Vaccine Green Check and photo ID.
  2. Know which entrance to use. 
  3. Present your green check at the door.
  4. Present your photo ID at registration to receive your name badge and tote bag. 
  5. Then proceed to pick up your iPad. 
  6. Return to your hotel to take your first COVID test. 
  7. You are ready for Convention! 

On-site registration takes place in the Pratt Street Lobby West & East, located on the 3rd floor of the Convention Center on the West side of the building.

Know Your Entrance

There will be four entry points into the Baltimore Convention Center. You can use any of them when the building is open, but here is a quick guide to your nearest entrance. Click here for a map of the entrances.

  • For Hilton and Marriott Inner Harbor: use the Hilton Skywalk, on the 2nd floor of the Hilton 
  • For Marriott Inner Harbor and Days Inn: use Pratt Street entrance
  • For Hyatt and Sheraton: use East Mezzanine entrance (level 200)
  • For Renaissance, Hyatt and Sheraton: use Charles Street Lobby entrance

Have Your Vaccine Green Check Ready

Please have your Green Check, which indicates proof of vaccination, ready to show volunteers before you enter the Convention Center. This is required until you have completed on-site registration and can show your badge for entry. You can either show the email on your phone or print a copy of the email of your Green Check that will be sent to everyone on July 5.

Need help? A FERN HealthCheck for ShareMy.Health help desk will be set up in Pratt Street Lobby and Charles Street Lobby, should you need any assistance.

July 7 

9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. - Everyone is encouraged to register on this day, if possible please sign up for a time slot here.  More spaces are available, particularly in the middle of the day. Registration will remain open past 7pm as needed, for all present in the Convention Center as of 7pm.

July 8 

Registration and Deputy Certification will be available on Friday for anyone who arrives after 7pm on Thursday. 

7:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. 

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

A Treat Awaits 

At registration each person will receive a bag from the General Convention Office containing the test kits, a tote bag, a Baltimore pin -- and a treat from The Avenue Bakery, a local Black owned bakery in Baltimore: https://www.theavenuebakery.com/about-us

(Gluten Free options will also be available.)

Take Your COVID-19 Rapid Test

At registration, you will be provided with five COVID-19 rapid tests.

  • One is to be taken as soon as possible after you have finished registration and you are in your hotel room. After completing registration, please promptly exit the Convention Center and wait to get to your hotel room before doing the self-administered COVID-19 test.

  • The remaining four tests are to be self-administered July 8 - 11, one for each morning before heading to the Convention Center.

If you receive a positive test result, it is important you follow the protocols as outlined on the Safety & COVID-19 page of the GCO website.

Ongoing Deputy Certification 

Saturday, July 9 

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 10

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Monday, July 11

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Travel and Arrival in Baltimore

Important Travel Information

As you prepare to travel by air to Baltimore, please be aware of possible flight delays and cancellations. To assist you in your planning we have your provided you with these travel tips to make your journey as uneventful as possible:

  • Download the app of the airline you’re using, check your flight status regularly and enable notifications.
  • Arrive earlier than normal – add an extra 30 minutes to your normal airport arrival time.
  • Be aware of last minute gate changes.
  • If possible, do not check your luggage and carry it on the plane with you.
  • Most importantly, be patient and kind when dealing with staff and fellow travelers.

And please remember to take a COVID-19 test before you leave home! 

Getting to Your Hotel

and the Baltimore Convention Center

Arrival by Bus, Car, Plane, or Train

How to get to downtown Baltimore and the Convention Center by Visit Baltimore.

Transit Guide - Getting Around Baltimore

Also compiled by Visit Baltimore, a guide to various transit options around the city.

For those who are driving, the Diocese of Maryland has also shared the following about parking and transit:

  • What’s the best way to get to the Convention Center? Park at an MTA Light Rail station usually for free (see stations with free parking). One way fare is $1.90 or $.90 for seniors (65 years and over), a 1-Day Pass is $4.40 or $2.20 seniors, and a 7-Day pass is $21.00 or 31-Day pass for seniors is $22.00. Click here for a map and use this link for a directory of stations with free parking. (At the time of publication, the Maryland MTA website was down.)

  • If I drive to Baltimore, where should I park? Use an app to find the cheapest parking – SpotHero is free and you can book a parking space in advance some as low as $9 for 7 hours or $12.50 for 12 hours normally $30. Use code VISITBAL for 10% off (up to $10 off) for new SpotHero users. You can also book directly on their website

  • How can I get about Baltimore without a car? Charm City Circulator is free and covers much of Baltimore. Use this link for a map and schedule.

Accessibility and Scooter Information

If you need assistance getting around, please see the Accessibility Guide or for additional information on scooter rentals in Baltimore, please visit: https://wheelaroundrentals.com/#

Hotel Check-in Times

Check-in time for all hotel properties is 4:00 p.m. and after, with the exception of Days Inn which is at 3:00 p.m. and after. Please contact your hotel with any specific needs related to your arrival.

When Can You Access the Convention Center?

  • Prior to July 7, access to the Baltimore Convention Center is restricted to certain staff, members of the Secretariat, and volunteers. (Anyone eligible to be admitted has already been notified.) Because of health and safety, no one else will be allowed in the Convention Center.

  • On Thursday, July 7, the Baltimore Convention Center will be accessible only for on-site registration, Deputy certification, and others who have already received notification of essential attendance. The halls for the House of Bishops and House of Deputies will not be available until the morning of July 8 for worship. Once you have completed registration and credentialing, please exit the Convention Center.

Download the GC80 App

GC80 Event App

The official event app for the 80th General Convention is the EventMobi app. Please download it to your smartphone (Apple or Android). Open the app, enter the event code gc80, and then enter your email address that was used to register for General Convention to get started. App users will have access to maps, information from Advocacy Groups, ability to message other attendees, and receive notifications from the GCO during the event.

Questions and Assistance

Please email gc.support@episcopalchurch.org with any questions or if you need assistance.

Useful Links

News for Bishops and Deputies

Resources on The Archives of The Episcopal Church
Reports to the General Convention (also known as The Blue Book - for the current edition, click here)
Constitution and Canons (use only for prior editions - to copy/quote the current edition, click here)

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