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COVID Event Guidelines as of March 2021

The days leading up to the shutdown, clients were calling to cancel their celebrations and we were rescheduling their events 2-4 weeks out. Yes we all thought this would be over in 2 weeks! Now here we are almost a full year after the events world was demolished by COVID-19 and we have some exciting (although underwhelming) news for event professionals and event seekers in the New York and Connecticut areas. Both states have similar event guidelines beginning this month. Keep reading to see what’s happening!

📢PSA: If your event is during the summer, please do not begin to worry! Think about how much changed every week in 2020 and where we are now. The biggest difference being the vaccine roll out. I am not an expert nor a fortune teller, but based on last year I expect updated guidelines for the summer.

New York Wedding & Catered Event Guidelines as of March 15, 2021

  1. Venues may operate at 50% capacity with a maximum of 150 people per event.
  2. All attendees must be tested prior to the event.
  3. Upon entering the event, attendees will be required to sign-in with updated contact information to assist with potential contact tracing.
  4. Masks must be worn at all times except when seated, eating or drinking.
  5. Dancing is permitted! HOWEVER, the dance floor must be split into zones with at least 6 ft in between each zone. Guests may only dance with those in their immediate party, household or if seated at the same table. Guests can only dance in their zone. If you have a live band or performers without masks, they must be 12 ft away from guests and/or have a physical barrier.

Connecticut Wedding & Catered Event Guidelines as of March 19, 2021

  1. Venues may operate at 50% capacity with a maximum of 100 people for indoor events and 200 people for outdoor events.
  2. All attendees must be tested prior to the event.
  3. Upon entering the event, attendees will be required to sign-in with updated contact information to assist with potential contact tracing.
  4. Masks must be worn at all times except when seated, eating or drinking.
  5. Venues must notify local health departments of large events, above the social gathering limit, in advance.

I hope this news brings you a little joy! Stay positive and ready for the future.

All information was found on credible state government websites March 3, 2021. This information is not final. Expect updates on the most current available guidelines in your area.

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Building Genuine Connections

Virtual events have been our main way of connecting for almost a full year thanks to the COVID lock downs of 2020. Even with a strong comeback of in-person events, virtual is here to stay. Virtual meetings and events have shown that we can connect to a much broader audience in the comfort of our own homes. Companies and their associates have discovered that they can have the same success without the daily commute and typical office expenses. However, with more and more businesses working remotely, the question becomes, how do we build genuine connections with our teams? It is extremely important for managers to develop and implement programs that truly acknowledge and show appreciation for their associates. The following three ways can help bridge the gap to cultivating better relationships between managers and their associates.

Personal Video Messages
1. Yes! Take the time to make a short individual video that says the person’s name. One way to make this task more manageable is to split up the names of your associates by birthday, department or work anniversary and record a few videos each month. This is a great way to help your associates be seen by you!

Casual Convos
2. Schedule a 15 minute one-on-one conversation with each of your associates using the same method as in the idea above to make it more manageable. Use this time to learn about their lives outside or work and who they truly are. Our founder, Sam Rocc, found this technique very helpful in building a genuine connection with her restaurant team. After asking about what they liked and what they would improve, she would ask about their favorite meal. Why? Everyone loves to talk about food and there is most often a story connected to their favorite meal! It is a simple question that can really break the ice.

Appreciation Gifts
3. It 2021 and nothing brings more joy than seeing that your Amazon package has been delivered. You may not want to admit it, but you know its true. We love receiving gifts! Send your team a custom Brilliant Event Box to say thank you to your team.

Each of these suggestions can be implemented for in person and virtual offices. What do you think? What strategy will to try this year to better connect with your team?