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Detroit Regional Chamber Adds PCR Testing Option to Mackinac Policy Conference Safety Protocols; Verification Through CLEAR Health Pass Required

Special registration option for all-outdoor evening events now available for Thursday, June 2.

DETROIT (April 19, 2022) – The Detroit Regional Chamber today confirms its planned health and safety protocols for the 2022 Mackinac Policy Conference. This year’s Mackinac Policy Conference is Tuesday, May 31, through Friday, June 3. The event will be held on Mackinac Island at the historic Grand Hotel.

The development of the 2022 protocols has been a collaborative effort led by Sandy K. Baruah, president and chief executive officer of the Chamber, and Conference Chair Arn Tellem, vice chairman of Pistons Sports and Entertainment, with input and strong support from the Conference’s CEO Advisory Council, the Chamber’s Board of Directors Executive Committee, the Chamber’s full Board of Directors, health professionals, and key Conference sponsors.

Conference participants are required to have a full COVID-19 vaccination or submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72-hours prior to the attendee’s arrival at the Conference Registration Desk inside Grand Hotel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines “fully vaccinated” as two weeks after receiving a second shot of a two-dose vaccine, or two weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

CLEAR Health Pass, a best-in-class health screening platform, will be used by all attendees to confirm proof of vaccination or submit PCR test results. Attendees are asked to download the CLEAR app and enroll beginning this week. Registered individuals will receive detailed instructions via email on how to complete their CLEAR Health Pass. There is no cost to registrants to set up their CLEAR Health Pass. Conference attendees will be required to show their CLEAR Health Pass upon arrival at the Conference to receive Conference credentials.

Attendees utilizing CLEAR to validate their vaccination status must complete the process by Friday, May 20. After May 20, Conference registration for individuals not completing CLEAR will be cancelled. Cancelled registrants beginning May 21 will not be refunded their registration.

Attendees utilizing CLEAR to submit PCR test results should download the app in advance and schedule their test to sync up with their arrival on the island. Tests can be taken no more than 72-hours prior to their arrival. Attendees intending to utilize the PCR testing option will need to notify the Chamber. Attendees receiving a positive COVID-19 test or testing positive at home will not be admitted to the Conference and should notify the Chamber to receive a full refund for registration.

If you no longer wish to attend the 2022 Conference due to the Chamber’s decision to add PCR testing to the Conference health and safety protocols, you are eligible for a full refund until 5 p.m. on Monday, April 25. After Monday, April 25, refunds are subject to a 10% cancellation fee through Friday, April 29. After Friday, April 29, cancellations will not be accepted, however, individuals can transfer their registration to a colleague or to the 2023 Mackinac Policy Conference. For registration assistance, please contact Lori Ostrow

As a reminder, to further ensure attendee safety and comfort, the Chamber has also reduced participant density by more than 30% compared to 2019, limiting total attendance to 1,300 and increasing utilization of more outdoor spaces and venues. This limitation closed Conference registration in early March, resulting in a growing online waitlist of individuals interested in attending.

At 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, Grand Hotel will reopen to the public. To accommodate the interest of individuals not able to register due to capacity restrictions, the Chamber has added an additional registration option for Thursday evening activities, which will all occur outdoors. Activities include a Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Debate in partnership with the Michigan Republican Party at 4:30 p.m., followed by the “On the Island, Off the Record” reception, and concluding with the Chamber’s PAC Reception at the Esther Williams Swimming Pool Deck at 8 p.m. The registration fee to access any or all of these events is $250 for those not already registered for the Conference. Individuals choosing this registration option are not subject to completing the CLEAR Health Pass process. This registration option is available at detroitchamber.com/mpc.

Many other safety precautions used at the 2021 Conference will remain in place for 2022. The Chamber, in collaboration with its advisors, will continue to monitor COVID-19 case counts across the country and in our state. Additional protocols may be necessary to ensure safety. The Chamber will communicate any changes to the Conference experience as needed. Learn more at detroitchamber.com/mpc.