The Events Industry Council has released a free guide [registration] for meeting professionals to help them navigate the landscape forged by COVID-19.

The Meeting and Event Design Accepted Practices Guide—developed with help from EIC’s APEX COVID-19 Business Recovery Task Force—includes a decision grid for helping planners determine whether an in-person event is feasible, recommendations for risk mitigation, a code of conduct, guidance on communicating with attendees, thought starters for success metrics, and a resource roundup.

“We must, as individuals and organizations, take the responsibility to own the assessment and mitigation of risk, taking into account guidance from global, national, regional, and local public health officials,” said EIC CEO Amy Calvert in a news release [PDF]. “If we do so consistently, and communicate these steps effectively, we will make considerable strides toward reestablishing trust. Trust with organizational decision makers, event organizers, participants, and all stakeholder groups is an essential element in the process of recovery and ensuring our future relevance.”

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