When we gather in person again
Follow these guidelines and best practices for hosting safe in-person events.
As a company founded on the principles of community building and fostering genuine connections, we are full of hope at the prospect of being able to safely gather again in person.
Virtual events have been lifelines for communities across the world to stay connected during uncertain times; it’s clear that online events are here to stay. Yet, as regions reopen we support people getting back together in person as long as they do so safely. That’s the foundation of Meetup. As governments and local health officials update their guidance on public gatherings, we’re committed to helping organizers host safe and responsible in-person Meetup events for their members.
It is important that all organizers and members who decide to meet in person are aware of and follow local regulations. We understand that these regulations vary by state, region, and country, so it is up to each organizer and member to understand and follow the guidelines specific to where they are meeting. Meetup is unable to monitor offsite behavior. If you wish to report any illegal or unsafe activities at a Meetup event, you can make a report to Meetup directly; however, you should also report that conduct to your local authorities. We have established the following recommendations for responsible in-person gatherings for your reference.
Respect and safety are important aspects of community
We encourage every member of the Meetup community to continue to take precautions to limit the risk of transmitting illnesses during events. One way to do this is to monitor local, state, and national guidelines on in-person gatherings. For U.S.-based organizers, follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For organizers in other countries, please review the guidelines from the World Health Organization. These recommendations change frequently in response to transmission trends, so monitor guidelines often.
The CDC is continuing to update its guidelines for people who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Some Meetup organizers are hosting in-person events with a requirement that attendees show proof of vaccination and some organizers are not—it is up to the discretion of each organizer in consultation with their local guidelines. If you choose to organize events with a vaccination requirement, Meetup recommends that you communicate this information in advance and widely by including it in your group description, event description, and in any other relevant communications about the event. In the interest of privacy, you should not have members post images of vaccination cards on the Meetup platform. If you decide to require proof of vaccination, have attendees show their vaccination cards at the event.
Guidelines for hosting safe, high-quality events
Help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Use these recommendations to plan your next in-person event.
Communicate with members before and during your event
Be clear about vaccination requirements
If you would like require that all event attendees are vaccinated, please let your group members know ahead of the event.
Create an online option
Hybrid events (events that take place in person and online) on Meetup are seeing a steady increase in popularity. To the extent possible, live stream your event so that members who are not able to attend or are not comfortable attending the event in person can still participate online.
Encourage healthy behavior
Discourage members with flu-like symptoms from attending.
Remind members to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Encourage members to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of their elbow.
Meet outside when possible
Host events outdoors or in a large, well-ventilated area.
Recommend personal protective equipment
Ask unvaccinated members to wear cloth face coverings and other personal protective equipment during indoor events.
Promote social distancing
Plan activities that allow members to stay about 6 feet apart as often as possible.
Set an attendee limit
Limit the number of members who can attend your event. This limit may vary based on requirements from your local government.
Set a flexible cancellation policy
Whether or not you charge an event fee, give members the option to stay home if they’re not feeling well up until the event starts.
Accommodate hand washing
Encourage members to wash their hands with soap and water frequently or provide hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Minimize sharing equipment of any kind and avoid communal food. Ask members to bring their own snacks and equipment. Use disposable materials whenever possible.
Clean up afterwards
Ask members to help disinfect the event space. If you clean the event space on their behalf, wear protective gear like gloves and wash your hands immediately afterwards.
Since its founding, Meetup has been at the forefront of community building, connecting 50 million+ people through shared passions. Our 300,000+ group organizers are at the center of this mission, and in-person events are the foundation of what we do. Thank you for your continued dedication to building community by hosting events that are as safe as they are engaging.
For more organizer resources, visit the Community Matters blog.
These recommendations are based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please follow local requirements and guidelines issued by your government authorities and public health officials.