Prior to the pandemic, the meetings and event industry supported 5.9 million American jobs and spurred hundreds of billions of dollars in annual revenue. This year, in celebration of Global Meetings Industry Day, and in anticipation of the impending return of in-person meetings and events, we’ve wanted to share some best practices for hosting events during – and after – COVID-19. 

  • Require Masks: It will likely be a little while longer before we’re all comfortable being in the same room with hundreds of strangers again. To help curb those fears (and the transmission of disease) you may want to implement a mask policy for your event. 
  • Practice Social Distancing: Encourage attendees to respect one another’s personal space by designing an event that allows for social distancing. Seat fewer people at tables, or consider holding your gathering outdoors, when possible. 
  • Stay Away From Buffets: When it comes to dining, you’ll want to stay away from anything that requires attendees to share utensils or otherwise exposes their meals to outside germs. Instead, opt for individually plated meals or grab-and-go options. 
  • Follow Cleaning Protocols: Of course, you’ll still want to implement stringent health and safety protocols, including the thorough cleaning and sanitation of all meeting spaces, restrooms and common areas. 
  • Consider Hybrid Events: While some of us can’t wait to get back to in-person meetings and events, others may not yet be comfortable. For the time being, it’s probably a good idea to continue offering a virtual option for all in-person events. 

When in doubt, always follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as your local public health authorities. You can also find more resources and information on best practices on the website.

Happy Global Meetings Industry Day from our team to yours!