My industry is struggling with the Virus and with holding real in-person trade show events.
They have responded with Mask Requirements, Proof of Vaccination Requirements, Virus Testing (ever 72 hours for the duration of the show) for Anyone Unvaccinated, and ominous Waivers & Releases a person must sign to even get in.
They talks about tradeshow floor “Virus Police” who will do something or another to you if your Mask is Down unless you are taking a drink or bite of food. They tell us that attendees must mask up or they will be sanctioned/arrested/fined/thrown in the Jan 6th Gulag (ok I made that last part up, but for a reason to invoke your concerned attention), and that you have to show your Vaccination Card to get food or attend events.
Most of that stuff is pushed on them, but off their own backs they have come up with tat if you don’t sign their release/waiver that you won’t get in.
So they feel they are creating a dangerous situation, enough that you are expected to sign a release/waiver!
2021_12_22 – CRCA COVID Release is the Waiver from a Medium sized regional event I often attend.
Some of this is pushed onto the event organizers by the location’s ever changing requirements. But the release/waiver is a second level of madness.
Professionally this over the top set of event rules saved me time and money – as I am not going to any event that has these rules. What I want to see or learn about, I can do later from online resources. The people I would like to socialize with I can reach my phone or video chat.
Big question is will our Ham Radio events end up doing “Virus Games” to attend events?
If they have to, or chose to I again will save a bunch of time & money.
I’ve ended up wonder if my revulsion is getting grumpy with age? Or is it purposely induced “cognitive dissonance” that I may be a bit more sensitive about than others?
Different people have differing tolerances for these sort of rules. I keep thinking of “We want a Rock” from They Might Be Giant’s Flood where peer pressure causes nonsense actions – But everybody wants a rock, To wind a piece of string around! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jp8znvfYbow
https://www.nrca.net/RoofingNews/proof-of-vaccination-or-negative-covid-19-test-required-at-some-ire-events.1-11-2022.10178/Details/Story is the Big Kahuna in my industry, which apparently already knows how much the rules will curtail attendance, as they are having an in-house Keynote Speaker rather than an expensive celebrity Speaker.
If our Ham Events follow suite, I’m okay as I am already planning to only be “virtually there.”