NEC Announces COVID In-Person Event Policy; Plans Return to In-Person Programming in 2022
Proof of Vaccination Will Be Required for All Registrants
We are pleased to announce that The New England Council plans to resume in-person programming in 2022! In order to ensure the health and safety of members, staff, and other guests, we have established a new COVID In-Person Events policy whereby we will be requiring all registrants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend in person events. Please see our full policy below.
In an effort to ensure a streamlined check-in process at events, we strongly encourage all registrants to submit proof of vaccination electronically prior to the event. Upon registration, you will be provided with a link to a secure form where you can upload a photo or scan of your proof of vaccination. Please note that we will not require members to submit proof of vaccination for each event you attend. Once we receive your proof of vaccination, we will maintain a record of it. As noted in the policy below, any registrants who do not submit proof of vaccination ahead of the event will be required to show it at the registration table upon arrival.
While many of our programs with members of Congress, as well as other elected officials and policymakers, will be presented in-person, we will make recordings of these programs available to members who cannot attend in person. We will also continue to offer some of our programs virtually, such as our “Inside the Corner Office” series and many of our issue-specific forums and panel discussions.
COVID In-Person Event Policy:
The New England Council is committed to serving our members safely and effectively. Recognizing the value of in-person meetings and interactions for the greater business community, the New England Council will begin offering in-person events to the extent public health conditions allow.
For the safety of our members, registrants, staff, guest speakers, and the wider business community, the New England Council will require, effective January 1, 2022, that all registrants and New England Council staff be fully vaccinated (as defined by the CDC) to attend Council-sponsored in-person events. Registrants will be allowed to provide proof of vaccination in advance by electronic submittal to the Council through a secure online form, or show proof of vaccination at the registration table on the day of the event. Proof of vaccination may be made through vaccine card, picture/facsimile of same, or through a note from a licensed health care provider indicating full vaccination status. All vaccination or medical information will be treated as a confidential record and, if provided in advance, will be destroyed after use, unless requested by the registrant to be maintained for ease of future registration. In the event such vaccination or medical information is maintained for future registrations, it will be maintained in a confidential file.
All attendees will also be required to abide by all applicable COVID-19-related requirements, advisories, policies, procedures, and protocols of the New England Council or the event space, as well as any local, state, or federal requirements as may be implemented from time to time. Failure to abide by such rules may result in expulsion from the event.