WordPress Community Team Updates COVID-19 Safety Guidelines to Relieve Volunteers of Enforcement Burden

WordPress Community Team Updates COVID-19 Safety Guidelines to Relieve Volunteers of Enforcement Burden

Posted by WP Tavern on February 9, 2022 at 3:59 pm
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Earlier this month the WordPress Community Team proposed stricter guidelines for hosting in-person events, as the pandemic continues to warrant vigilance and a nimble approach to ensuring attendees’ safety. The updated guidelines were published today with an important change that relieves volunteers of the burden of enforcing the safety measures. The new mandatory guidelines require meetup and WordCamp organizers to follow local laws for events with more than 50 attendees. If the location requires or permits venues to limit admission based on vaccination status and masking, the selected venue must be able to provide staff to enforce these measures during the event. Otherwise, the event cannot be hosted there. If the area or venue cannot legally check vaccination status, organizers must ensure their location passes the in-person checklist at application and at the time of the event. This checklist requires the area’s average positive case rate to average under 4% for 28 days, and to have under 50 new cases reported per 100,000 people for 14 days, among other requirements. During this Omicron surge, very few places in the world could qualify for an in-person WordPress event if using this checklist. “For the WordPress Community, another important consideration needs to…

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