Our 30+ virtual programs and events have been a blessing for schools wanting to educate and entertain their collegiate groups during this pandemic, but live events will be returning soon to the cheers of the higher education community. However, The nature of the COVID-19 pandemic is unpredictable – no one truly knows when it will be safe to return to live events again. Whenever that may be, we will be prepared when the time comes. That’s why we are creating a plan for the safety measures needed for a return to live events slowly and steadily. We want to ensure that our higher education partners know the steps we are taking to make our events safe when the time comes.
First things first – we are not the experts in healthcare, so we will be taking the advice of those who are. The CDC has put together Safety Protocols for event planning, and following these guidelines is the foundation of our thought process on any live events.
One of the hazards of collegiate events is the inevitable travel that comes along with bringing vendors to campus. But, while some regions of the country continue to be strongly impacted by the pandemic, there are many campuses in regions with lower impact who still benefit from gathering and connecting with one another. So our first foray into live events when the ‘all clear’ is given will be based on 2 location factors.
Whenever we receive the ‘go-ahead’ to dip our toe back into the live events ocean, we know that will not mean full speed ahead right away. We plan to embrace and adhere to the CDC guidelines on attendance capacity, spacing, disinfecting, and so on that will come with the return of live events. In fact, along with any official recommendations, we will plan to do the following:
Team building and collegiate events come in lots of shapes and sizes. We offer a wide variety of programs but know that some will be more well suited to be delivered safely within CDC guidelines than others. A limited selection of our live events will be evaluated for how well we can ensure both optimal social distancing and delivery of the program at our high-quality standards. This may include selecting programs that are compatible with hybrid solutions like virtual facilitation, and tailoring of delivery to match campus procedures. We will also continue to offer and expand our line up of Virtual Entertainment and Virtual Workshop programs as a way to gather that most effectively ensures the health and safety of all attendees.
Just as the circumstances of the pandemic are ever-changing, we will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our plan as the conditions change over time. Even though this challenging time may continue for a while, we remain committed to doing the best we can to serve our higher education clients and their communities with high-quality events that are safe end fulfilling for all.