In a surprise move, just days before PCMA invited the business events community to participate in its May COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that fully vaccinated individuals no longer had to wear masks outdoors and indoors, except in hospitals, on public transit and other specified places.
CDC’s latest guidance, according to Science News, caught scientists off guard. While it “offered a glimmer of hope that the pandemic’s end was inching closer”, said the article’s writers, “it has also caused confusion, anger, and worry”, leaving even experts to wonder “what it meant for individuals and society as a whole”.
Respondents to this month’s survey, 232 planners and 143 suppliers, seemed to take the CDC’s May 13th announcement as more of a positive than a cause for concern. Sixty-one percent of planners versus 50 percent in the April Dashboard said they were feeling hopeful. That sense of optimism was even more pronounced among suppliers, 70 percent checked the hopeful option compared to 51 percent last month, and 7 percent fewer supplier respondents said they were feeling anxious about the future (17 percent versus 24 percent).
COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard (May 17th – 20th) (PCMA website)
COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard (April 19th – 22nd) (PCMA website)
Hybrid Meetings: One Size Does Not Fit All, Survey Respondents Say (PCMA Convene article)
Event Organisers’ Big Leap Forward (PCMA Convene article)
How is COVID-19 Changing the Business Events Industry? (PCMA survey)