Top 7 COVID Stories of 2022

COVIDYou can count on Prevue for the latest news about COVID as it relates to your business.

Here are several of the most popular pandemic stories we have covered so far this year:

How to Plan Events in an Uncertain World—Uncertainty still rules. As COVID-related restrictions ease in many places, the numbers of infections, hospitalizations and worse rise in others. With a world that continues to be in state of constant health and safety flux, how is a planner supposed to do what they do best — plan meetings and events — in such an uncertain environment? Read more here.

Alation: A Case Study in COVID Preparedness—COVID preparedness should be second nature for most event planners after two years of pandemic, but with restrictions lifting and infection rates still fluctuating, it can be difficult to know how much preparedness is enough. Here’s how one organization handled it for a recent event. Read more here.

Prevue Summits & Vital Circle: Testing Comes First—We spoke to the planner of Prevue’s Inspired Events Summit, held May 2-3 in Palm Beach, Barbara Scofidio, and the founder of our health and safety provider for the event, Becky Fox, founder of Vital Circle, about safety protocols in this new stage of COVID-19. Read more here.

Travel Industry on Board with Eliminating Inbound International Travel COVID Testing—International travel to the U.S. has been hindered by requirements that international air travelers provide a negative COVID test result prior to entering the U.S., regardless of their vaccination status or country of origin. Now the travel industry, and by extension those in the meeting and event planning community, are hailing an effort in Congress to eliminate the international air travel COVID testing requirement. Read more here.

Vaccination Requirements Recede as Omicron Continues to Rise—Vaccination requirements are starting to take a back seat as the outlook for in-person events reaches its highest level since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is despite the continuing spread of the Omicron variant as the U.S. passes a grim milestone of 1 million killed by the virus. Read more here.

Are Cruises Safe? A First-Person Account—Cruises are rebounding, with tightly controlled health and safety protocols. Read more here.

3 Strategies for Meeting in States with Vaccine Mandate Laws—As some states legislate a ban on vaccine mandates within their borders, event planners who want to institute vaccine mandates as a requirement to attend their events in those states are not sure if they can legally do so. Other states have put rules on the books requiring some sort of vaccine passport be used for group gatherings in certain venues. Read more here.

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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 her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She 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 for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.

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