Social Hour: How States Are Handling the Reopening Phases


As we have talked to event professionals across the country these past 12 weeks, we’ve gotten a first-hand look at how COVID has impacted the hospitality industry from lockdown to reopening. And while lockdown was a scary, frustrating, uncertain time, reopening is a great step in the right direction to recovery but it’s not perfect.

Attendees of our Social Hour virtual roundtable talked about the good and the bad they’ve experienced this week. The good news is that small private events have picked up, from wedding anniversaries to corporate dinners. The bad news is that COVID is still around and it’s taking businesses back a few steps. Customers in some areas of the country aren’t following recommended safety guidelines, hospitality employees have gotten sick, and a few restaurants have had to close temporarily.

Watch the recording of our conversation below:

More resources for event professionals

If you’ve missed our past roundtables, you can access recordings of Social Hour online. Event professionals can also find more tips for the hospitality industry on our blog; by listening to our Two Chicks, Three Seats podcast; and by joining our Facebook group, Event Manager Community, to connect with peers and discuss the impact of the coronavirus on the events industry.