- Oct 20, 2021
As the changing weather forces our networking events indoors, the Chamber’s Executive Board has approved a new safety policy. Beginning with the November First Friday Breakfast, all participants at indoor events must provide proof of COVID vaccination either before the event via email or at check-in. Individuals who do not wish to provide this documentation are encouraged to participate in the organization’s virtual events.
Either a physical card or a photocopy will suffice for proof of vaccination. Members who email a photo of their card to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 24 hours before the event will be able to use an express check-in process at the event. The Chamber will save your information for future events. Please note that under current State and County orders, all participants must wear face masks when not actively eating/drinking during events.
The Chamber joins a host of other organizations that have adopted vaccination requirements. At least 65 venues in the League of Chicago Theatres, including the Northlight, Writers, and Marriott Lincolnshire Theatres in the suburbs, now require patrons to wear masks and show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. The United Center has a similar policy for all events including Bulls and Blackhawks games.
Vaccine requirements are also on the rise among employers. Executive Orders from President Biden currently cover all federal executive branch employees and contractors, and numerous corporations like United Airlines, Microsoft, Google, and Walgreens have adopted similar policies. Regulatory standards are in the works to mandate vaccines or weekly tests for all businesses with 100 employees or more. Federal requirements will eventually cover 100 million workers, around two-thirds of the US workforce.
The Chamber will accommodate those who are unvaccinated with additional virtual events or outdoor events when conditions permit. The Executive Committee will continuously monitor state and CDC COVID guidance and update Chamber policies as warranted. We appreciate everyone’s understanding as we implement these new temporary policies.