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COVID Protocols

THAW has protocols in place to help ensure the health and safety of event attendees and volunteers.

  • Reduced capacity to enhance the attendee experience and allow for social distancing throughout the event.
  • Attendees are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated if possible.
  • It is recommended that unvaccinated people wear a mask during the Gala except for eating and drinking.

Please do not attend the Gala if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days or if you are showing COVID-19 symptoms or awaiting COVID-19 test results.

During and after the Gala, immediately isolate from others and contact the THAW at 313.348.3108 if you:

  • Are experiencing potential COVID-19 symptoms;
  • Suspect you have COVID-19;
  • or learn you have had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.


COVID-19 Symptoms

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with COVID-19 report mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus and include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or think you might have COVID-19 during or after the Gala, please notify THAW via the instructions above. You should also consult your doctor for medical advice.


Emergency Warning Signs of COVID-19

If you experience any of the emergency warning signs of COVID-19 during or after the Gala, seek medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, nail beds, depending on skin tone


COVID-19 Testing

The CDC recommends that anyone with signs or symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection.

If you get tested because you have symptoms or were potentially exposed to the virus, you should stay away from others pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional


Contact Tracing

Per state and local laws and regulations, THAW will collaborate with local and state health officials to notify them of any known case of COVID-19 among Gala attendees. In addition, THAW collaborates with local/state health officials to conduct contact tracing and advise those who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to monitor their health for signs and symptoms COVID-19.

The CDC indicates that those fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, the CDC recommends that individuals who have had close contact (within six feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over 24 hours) with someone with confirmed COVID-19 be tested 3-5 days following a known exposure, even without symptoms, and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure.