IRF to Require Proof of Vaccination

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The IRF has updated its health and safety protocols to require proof of vaccination for all attendees at its 2021 Leadership Insights Forum.

The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) 2021 Leadership Insights Forum, scheduled for Oct. 11-13 at the Encore Boston Harbor, will be an opportunity for attendees to reconnect, rethink, and transform their incentive programs. With attendance limited to 60 people, the Forum will focus on small groups, team building, and networking, as well as providing the latest incentive trends research and industry insights. To ensure that the networking environment is as safe as possible, the IRF also is upping its protocols to require proof of vaccination.

“Given increases in COVID cases due to the Delta variant, we have made the decision to align our health & safety protocols with the recommendations issued by the CDC for large groups,” the IRF says on its website. Those protocols now will require attendees to provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated as of Oct. 11, 2021 — details of how the process will work will be forthcoming soon. It also is requiring face masks for all indoor functions and IRF-provided transportation, and daily health screenings. Attendees can remove their face coverings to eat and drink — meal functions will be set to maintain safe distancing. The organization is keeping a close eye on the ever-changing COVID situation in the U.S. and says it will revisit masking protocols if the CDC relaxes its current recommendations around face coverings.

“Given that the IRF and Leadership Insights Forum attendees have a vested interest in the return of face-to-face events and incentives, we appreciate you doing your part to have a safe event,” the organization says on its website.

To ensure that health and safety protocols extend beyond requiring proof of vaccination to protect attendees from COVID-19 transmission, it also is protecting attendees from harassment by asking all attendees to agree to abide by its Code of Conduct. This code covers offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

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