Given the changing nature of the COVID pandemic, Cleveland Leadership Center, following expert medical advice about the recent surge in Covid-19 cases, is requiring all participants regardless of vaccination status to wear a mask during program sessions and gatherings. While vaccination confers significant protection, there are populations such as people with chronic diseases, immunocompromised, or advanced age that may be at risk for break through infections.
We want to protect all our participants and presenters, as well as their families and networks, from unknowing transmission of the virus. We know that many of you have children and vulnerable individuals in your households and we are sensitive to their needs and risks. Masks may be removed when actively eating or drinking throughout the day.
We will provide hand sanitizer within our spaces and will design layout of session day venues with distancing and safety in mind. We will be actively enforcing our masking requirement.
In addition, given the recent surge in Delta and the inevitable introduction of the new variant Mu, we are asking all non-vaccinated program participants, speakers, and volunteers to take a PCR test within 48 hours of the start of each session day. We ask that the results of the test be brought to check-in for the session day. We will have rapid tests on site and ask all participants manifesting any symptoms and all who have not received the vaccine to take a rapid test before starting the program day.
This policy was developed in consultation with members of our board and medical professionals, and we know that it imposes additional burdens for many. However, we want to deliver our programs in person and must do what we can to ensure the safety of all our participants. These protocols will enable all to enjoy the benefit of gathering together while limiting the potential spread of the virus.
It is our hope to continue to deliver our programs in-person. Be assured, that we will continue to monitor the pandemic conditions to make sure we are following safety guidelines and we are prepared to adjust how we deliver programming, if necessary. As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns.
Last updated September 15, 2021.