Vaccines and the Event Industry: We Have the Opportunity to be Prepared This Time
July 28, 2021
Update: On Monday, August 23, 2021, the FDA granted full approval to the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, hopefully spurring a surge in vaccinations. Read on to learn how the vaccine is critical to keeping the entire hospitality industry afloat this winter.
With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updating their public health recommendation for fully vaccinated people to wear their masks indoors while in public, this is a good opportunity to talk about how the virus, pandemics, and lockdowns have a major impact on the event industry.
We probably do not need to remind you that COVID-19 brought the event & hospitality industry to almost a complete standstill for an entire year (and more). The virus forced lockdowns, and those lockdowns crushed hotels, restaurants, travel, planning agencies, and more – setting the industry back almost ten years. Businesses were forced to decide between retaining employees or risking closing their doors for good – and many businesses suffered both.
With the rise of the Delta Variant and worrisome recommendations by the CDC and the Department of Health, it feels like dark clouds are rolling in again. But here is the thing:
We have the opportunity to be prepared this time!
Forgive the corny analogy, but yes, there are dark clouds on the horizon – so let’s not just wander out into the storm unprepared and then complain when we get soaked by the rain. Let’s make sure we all have umbrellas and rain boots and ways to stay dry. With the COVID-19 vaccine so readily available, there is no reason why we can’t all be prepared for the impending storm and protect ourselves, our friends and family, our coworkers, and the hospitality industry.
If we all do our part to prepare for whatever lies ahead, then we won’t have to go into another lockdown, and we won’t have to stop in-person events. If getting a shot and wearing a mask inside for awhile means we can carry on through the winter with gatherings, get-togethers, and celebrations, then let’s do it!
Corinthian Events, Newport Hospitality, our staff, and our families are urging everyone in the event industry – and beyond! – to get the vaccine. Concerned about potential side-effects? Talk to your doctor. It cannot hurt to at least consult a medical professional and learn more. We can all see what is coming, and we have the opportunity to be prepared this time and protect the industry and our livelihoods.
We look forward to seeing you soon!