Returning To In-Person Events Protocols

We’ve Missed You!

Starting in October, the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce is taking a phased and hybrid approach to offering in-person events and meetings along with offering the option to attend virtually for many events. We’re excited to welcome you back to the events you know and love!

As our community’s response to COVID-19 continues to evolve, our in-person events will include measures to promote safety and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. If you choose to attend our events in person, the event environment will promote social distancing and event protocols guided by the CDC.

As part of our phased approach, Chamber members will continue to have the option to attend most of our events virtually. For events such as Professional Women’s Forum, the Chamber is launching a live-stream option for attendees. If attending virtually for an event is an option, you’ll be able to make that selection when you register, before the event.

Whether attending virtually or in-person, you will be required to register in advance. We will not be able to accept walk-up attendees not registered at this time.

We will be asking attendees to sign a liability waiver at registration.

There’s a lot to cover, and we imagine that you’ll have a lot of questions about our new event experience. Please review our list of Frequently Asked Questions and our answers below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I have to wear a mask at Chamber events?

At this time, yes. The Chamber team is requiring attendees to wear a mask upon entering and exiting the event facility and while moving about the space. If food/drink is served at the event, attendees may remove their mask while eating and drinking and resume wearing their masks once they have finished.

All venue and chamber staff will be required to wear a mask throughout the event for your safety.

What measures are being taken to ensure the event facility is clean and sanitized?

Events at the Tallahassee Chamber:

At this time, we are not hosting meetings or events at the Chamber office.

Events at partner venues:

Each venue is responsible for following strict CDC guidelines and current executive orders in order to host groups. The event space will be set up to encourage social distancing. Each venue will take all precautions necessary to reduce exposure to high-touch surfaces, such as door handles, and offer hand sanitizing stations.

Depending on the size of the event and staff capabilities, attendees may be asked to complete a temperature check at the event or at home.

At larger-scale events, the Chamber may use staggered arrival times and departures to decrease crowd size in narrow entryways and exits.

At this time, the Chamber is discouraging event and meeting attendees from giving handshakes, high fives, fist or elbow bumps, and hugs.

What changes can I expect with the event check-in process?

Chamber staff will be on hand to ensure that you have registered for the event. At this time, attendees cannot walk-in without registering in advance of the event. Attendees must register for events in advance to ensure a contact-free event check-in experience.

Depending upon the size of the event and staff capabilities, attendees will be asked to complete a temperature check at the event or at home.

Attendees are encouraged to wear their own name tags.

Will I be able to network?

Yes, but we are asking that everyone respect social distancing recommendations. When you arrive, attendees will complete the event check-in process and find their seats. We’re encouraging you to network with the people around you, avoiding large groups, and keeping a safe distance.

Can I shake hands, hugs, or fist bump?

The Tallahassee Chamber is promoting social distancing and asking attendees to refrain from any physical contact, including high fives, fist and elbow bumps, handshakes, and hugs.

Can I pay at the door?

No. In order to provide a contact-free experience for guests and staff, event attendees will have to register and pay for events in advance.

How can I attend virtually?

As you are registering for events, you’ll be able to select your preference, to attend in person or virtually. Virtual attendees will be sent a link to view the event in an email after registration. Please note that not all Chamber events fit the requirements for a virtual attendee experience and this option may not be available for every event.

Will there be food at events?

Events offered during meal times will still offer a COVID-safe dining option. Meals may be prepackaged or an attendant-served buffet If you are attending an event during standard meal times and have any concerns, please contact the event manager associated with that event (contact information is available on the event registration page).