The Washington Post recently announced that “nearly 20% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated.” As such, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new public health recommendations on April 2. According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people can now:
- Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
- Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.
- Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.
- Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic.
- Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States.
Even though things look like they’re getting back to normal, it doesn’t mean that the new normal is going to be the same. As a meeting planner, you still need to consider not only state and local health restrictions, if any, but vet venue and vendor health and safety protocols, too. Keeping tabs on consumer sentiment is vital for each meeting or event as well. While requiring proof of a vaccine may be unthinkable for one audience, it could be a must for the next. A sensitive subject deserves a well-planned-out policy in advance.