COVID-19 Implications Resources for Chapters

COVID-19 Implications Resources for Chapters

COVID-19: Implications/Resources for Chapters

Chapter Leaders,

Given the seriousness of Covid-19 and the potential impact it may have on your chapter's meetings, events, contracts with vendors, and budget, we will be sharing resources with you to assist you in your decision making. This is a rapidly evolving situation so we will continue to monitor updates and respond accordingly.


  • New CDC Guidelines and What They Mean for Your Meetings
  • What You Need to Know about Adding a Vaccine Requirement for Your Events
  • Blueprint 
  • Planning for the new normal is challenging because there remains a plethora of unknowns, and the guidance will undoubtedly change as 2021 unfolds. As a practical matter, the best approach for in-person conferences for most organizations, based on current guidance and current availability of the Covid-19 vaccine, is to:
  • Follow the guidance from the CDC as well as state and local public health authorities;
  • Encourage, rather than require, attendees to get the Covid-19 vaccine;
  • Avoid asking questions that elicit medical information. Do so by combining medical and non-medical questions on the same questionnaire, not requiring an answer to each question but instead asking if the attendee can answer "yes" to any of the above questions, and in such cases conducting follow-up screening in compliance with applicable confidentiality and privacy requirements;
  • Establish a mechanism that allows an attendee to request an accommodation, either specifically for Covid-19 requirements or for accommodations in general;
  • When following up on questionnaires or requests for accommodation, be mindful of legal requirements under the ADA, GINA, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well as privacy laws.

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