Revised CDC Guidelines

CDC guidelines

The new revisions to the CDC Guidelines for event planners are meant to be used in conjunction with state and local mandates.

The newly revised CDC Guidelines for events and gatherings are meant to supplement—not replace—state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules and regulations. The basic premise is common sense:

  • The more people an individual interacts with at a gathering and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and COVID-19 spreading.
  • The higher the level of community transmission in the area that the gathering is being held, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spreading during a gathering.
  • The size of an event or gathering should be determined based on state, local, territorial or tribal safety laws and regulations.

With that in mind, the guidelines recommend actions planners can take to encourage behaviors that reduce the spread of COVID-19 among staff and attendees, everything from face coverings to frequent hand washing, how to clean and disinfect the venue, how to prepare for someone getting sick and other precautions.

The guidelines are an invaluable tool and include many categories:

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Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. She is also on the board of ECPAT USA, the human trafficking organization. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.

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