COVID Precautions FAQ: Spirit of Justice Award Celebration
Will the event still be held in person?
Yes! We’re looking forward to being together in person again and are making informed decisions regarding safety at the 2021 Spirit of Justice Award Dinner based on state mandates and guidance from the CDC. We’re monitoring the course of the pandemic very closely and will inform the GLAD community in the event that we need to make any changes to our in-person plans.
Will proof of vaccination be required?
Yes. GLAD believes vaccinations are the best means of reducing the impact of COVID-19, so we are asking all attendees to show proof of vaccination before joining the in-person event. We are also providing a virtual attendance option so that anyone who is unable to be vaccinated can still participate in the Spirit of Justice (see information below).
Will social distancing be possible?
Yes! Our partners at the Boston Park Plaza have been incredibly helpful in working with us to provide ample space for guests. We are capping attendance at a lower number than in previous years to enable distancing. Both the Equal Justice Council and General Receptions will be held in rooms with ample space. Guests will be able to mingle across the entire hotel level, which is reserved exclusively for the event, and the tables for the dinner portion of the evening will be distanced as well.
Will masks be required?
Yes. Due to the mask mandate from the City of Boston, we require masks to be worn except when at your dinner table or when actively consuming food and beverages at the receptions. We ask that guests carry a mask at all times. GLAD branded masks will be provided to everyone.
What precautions are there around the dinner portion?
Your dinner table will be your ‘home base.’ We are asking guests to only visit other tables with an invitation to do so. If your group would prefer to keep more to yourselves, you can do that as well. Wait staff will be wearing masks for the entire service. Salads will be pre-set, attendees can order bottles of wine in advance, and servers will provide a separate dessert display on each table.
What if I don’t feel comfortable being there in person?
No problem! We do have a virtual component to this year’s event so you can join from the comfort of your own home. GLAD will livestream our speaking program, as well as some fun pre-show content, thanks to our partners at Encore. We’ll even have our signature dance session to close out the evening. Although we will sorely miss you, we’re happy to be able to accommodate all levels of comfort with in-person gatherings.
We hope to see you on Thursday, October 21. Get your tickets to participate virtually or in person!
If you have any questions about the safety precautions we’re taking at this year’s Spirit of Justice Award Dinner, please contact Mads Ouellette at mOuellette@glad.org.