Loudoun Chamber Adopts Vaccination-or-Test Requirement for Events

The Loudoun Chamber of Commerce has adopted a new policy, effective Sept. 7, requiring attendees at its in-person indoor events, meetings, or other activities to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status. 

The temporary policy offers exemptions for medical, religious, or other valid reasons, or for those who provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of attending the activity. The policy will be reassessed monthly.

“This policy was not adopted lightly, but after weeks of careful consideration, research and discussion. It was a data-driven decision based on the undeniable fact that vaccinated individuals are exponentially less likely to contract and transmit the virus to others,” Chamber President Tony Howard said in the announcement of the policy.

Like many community organizations, after a year of virtual operations, the chamber was returning to its schedule of weekly activities—ranging from networking mixers to major policy forums—when COVID-19 cases began increasing with the arrival of the Delta variant.

Howard said the main objective of this policy is to ensure the health and safety of all attendees and guests at Loudoun Chamber events and meetings. In addition, the policy is intended to provide assurance to all attendees the organization takes seriously its obligation to protect their health, and to help limit the spread of this deadly virus in the community.

Howard said the vaccine policy was needed to ensure the Chamber could fully carry out its obligation to serve its members.

“This pandemic proved that, while remote meeting platforms and other technologies have their place, humans thrive on face-to-face interaction, something our Chamber specializes in. Without bold action, government restrictions to limit COVID-19 will return and many businesses will suffer,” Howard said. “My hope is everyone who is eligible gets vaccinated against COVID-19. We know from CDC data that the unvaccinated are at exponentially greater risk to contract and transmit COVID-19, are nearly 30 times more likely to be hospitalized and 120 times more likely to die from this virus.”

The Loudoun Chamber’s policy on COVID-19 vaccine requirementcan be found here.

5 thoughts on “Loudoun Chamber Adopts Vaccination-or-Test Requirement for Events

  • 2021-08-30 at 4:57 pm
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    Data-driven?! Are you kidding me?

    According to actual peer-reviewed research out of Israel, individuals who contracted COVID and recovered are between 13x and 27x less likely to contract or pass along the virus than those who are vaccinated. Yet, they must still get tested to be admitted to the Chamber’s events. The Chamber is as clueless as Fauci the Fraud.

    • 2021-08-31 at 4:55 pm
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      None of this has been data driven, just media and drama driven.

  • 2021-08-30 at 5:27 pm
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    I might consider providing such information when the chamber provides me the same information from all of their staff and contractors who will be present at any of their events! I’ll need a full medical history and recent tox screen as well to demonstrate they are healthy and not currently using any controlled substances.

    No corporation has the right to demand you disclose personal medical information or submit to a medical test to reveal that information. I think I’ll manage just fine without attending such events. And I’ll decline to patronize any and all businesses that impose similar demands on customers or members.

  • 2021-08-31 at 11:18 am
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    “Without bold action, government restrictions to limit COVID-19 will return and many businesses will suffer,” Howard said. ”

    Perhaps members of the CoC should be asking themselves if this display of fealty to petty, control freak crazed governmnet ‘experts’ is really what’s desired in a leader. If business folks stood up and said never again and reassigned their political donations based on a policy of business freedom and common sense, the power crazed idiots in Richmond would crawl back to their holes.

    If you’re a member of the Chamber, you have to consider, what does this group actually accomplish for you, other than hand out plastic blocks to each other at hotel chicken dinners once a year.

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