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Events resume as states lift restrictions on large gatherings

New York and California still have rules on meetings with 5,000+ attendees; U.S. Travel Association calls for federal guidance

CANDY SHOW A GO: The National Confectioners Association held its Sweets & Snacks Expo June 23-25 in Indianapolis rather than Chicago.

June 25, 2021
By Kathryn Walson

It's the moment many associations have waited more than a year for: the chance to bring people together again in person. Now that states and cities have lifted restrictions on large gatherings, in-person meetings are slowly starting to make a comeback. The pace will likely pick up in August and the fall, when a number of groups have hybrid shows planned.

The North American Veterinary Community held its annual meeting, called VMX, as a hybrid event in Orlando June 5-9. Of the roughly 10,500 attendees, nearly 7,700 attended in person. Participants were required to do daily temperature checks, wear a mask at all times in public areas and maintain physical distancing.