Attendees were asked to submit a vaccination card or proof of a negative Covid test before arriving at the Invitational. Just over 89 percent of attendees submitted a vaccination card.
Daily Health Survey
Attendees completed a daily symptom-tracking survey through the Vital Circle platform, and if they got the “all clear” green check, they could enter the meeting area. Here, Linda Lawson, Achieve Incentives & Meetings, shows she’s cleared for a day at the Invitational.
The “Black Box” Approach
Every attendee wore a device on their name tag to help with contact tracing in the event someone tested positive for Covid during or immediately following the event.
Good to Go
A new wristband was issued on each day of the IRF conference to indicate an attendee had passed that day’s health screening.
Fist Bumps or Arm’s Length?
Attendees displayed their personal comfort level with social interaction by attaching one of these buttons on their nametags. Green meant “elbows and fist bumps welcome,” yellow indicated “open to talking but not touching,” and red meant the attendee preferred to keep distance between themselves and others.
98.6 Degrees in the Shade
Temperature checks were part of the morning meeting ritual.
Masks for Some
While most attendees were mask-free, hotel staff and some entertainers, like these dancers from the final-night festivities, kept their mouths covered. Here, Jonathan Leonardis, 1 Hotels, and Tracy Norum, Meetings & Incentives Worldwide, arrive at the beach event.
Acing the Spacing
Chairs for the breakout sessions were set with plenty of breathing room.
Grateful for the Faces
While the education and camaraderie would have existed at the IRF Invitational if masks were required, there was no doubt attendees enjoyed seeing the smiles of clients and colleagues.
Like Old Times
Glad to Be Here
Nice to See You!
Stephanie Harris, president of the Incentive Research Foundation, and Cosimo Bruzzese, PRA Business Events, who serves on the IRF Board of Directors.