As if there aren’t enough meetings-related issues for the association community to deal with right now—driving sufficient revenue through virtual events being the elephant in the room—here’s another potential complication: Local chapters going rogue with in-person events.
This article from the American Society of Association Executives tells the story of a national association that got resistance from at least one of its local chapters about its ban on in-person gatherings conducted in the name of the association. The solution: National headquarters sent out a mandatory waiver to all members that absolves the national association from liability in case an in-person attendee is diagnosed with Covid-19 after a local gathering. The consequences for any member who failed to sign and return the waiver? Probation and possible expulsion from the association.