COVID Event Guidelines (as of July 15, 2020)
We don’t have to tell you that Covid-19 has drastically changed the event world. From postponing to downsizing, events are going to look different for the foreseeable future. While it’s disappointing, it’s super important for us to stay on top of current guidelines for events that are still happening in person, to keep your vendors and guests safe. Whether you’re adjusting to a hybrid event or you’re retooling your event completely, being knowledgeable about current guidelines and recommendations is a must.
At MH Event Consulting, we are committed to keep your event running smoothly, fun, but most importantly SAFE. Here is an updated list of event guidelines for the state of Minnesota! For our out-of-state clients, we are committed to bringing ourselves up to speed on state-by-state guidelines.
Now for the moment you’ve been waiting for. Minnesota does have specific guidelines for weddings. It falls under ‘places of worship, religious services, weddings, and funerals.’ So be certain that those are the guidelines you’re watching, not the social gatherings guidelines.
Live music is allowed! Make sure to give your band ample space to keep themselves distanced from each other while performing, as well as guests.
2) Food and Beverages:
Food and beverage service is allowed while following Minnesota Food Code Guidelines. Your caterer should be up-to-date on Covid-19 recommendations and guidelines. Self-service stations are allowed, but social distancing should be observed, hand sanitizer should be provided and masks should be worn if food is self-service. Pre-packaged is recommended.
3) Guest List:
Venues are allowed a maximum of 50% capacity capped at 250 people. This is for both indoors and outdoors. And don't forget social distancing of at least 6 feet apart - think about table placements, how many people you should have seated at each and if they are coming from the same family; think like a restaurant in this instance just to be more safe than sorry. Also, DO NOT let the venue tell you anything other than what the state is saying (link is at the bottom of this post so you can keep yourself updated). We have been seeing, and hearing, that venues are allowing more than what's stated. If the government finds out, you WILL be in A LOT of trouble.
Masks: Strongly recommended. This is such an easy sacrifice to make for your attendees and those working the event. Make sure to indicate that they’re recommended on any communication you send to your guests. Want to insure they’ll have a mask handy? Custom masks make a fantastic favor.
The most important part of events right now is safety but these guidelines may impact your event significantly. If you need help talking through changes that need to be made, or if you’d like suggestions, MH Event Consulting does provide hourly consulting sessions. We are more than happy to help keep your event safe, fun, and running smoothly. For a full list updated guidelines, click here or here.
Till next time,
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