COVID-19 Guidelines

Event Policy

The safety of our event attendees is extremely important to the NRF Foundation. The health and safety of colleagues, presenters and attendees is our top priority. 

We continue to work with local, state and federal health officials to ensure we have not only met but exceeded important safety guidelines and COVID-19 protocols.

Continue reading below for more details on the latest updates for this in-person event.

NRF Foundation Honors 2020 main seating and stage


All attendees of the NRF Foundation Honors must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide valid proof of vaccination during on-site check-in, registration or as otherwise directed by NRF. See below for details on what we define as fully vaccinated.

  • Domestic attendees will show proof of vaccination as part of check-in.
  • International attendees will need to show their passport and the proof of vaccination used to enter the country.
  • A negative COVID-19 test will be accepted as a substitute for being fully vaccinated only if the attendee is eligible for a legal exemption to the vaccine. There will be no refunds if valid proof of vaccination is not provided. The NRF Foundation is not and will not be responsible for any expenses, damages or losses resulting from the enforcement of this COVID-19 Policy.


  • In accordance with state, city and venue protocols, masks are optional for attendees of the 2022 NRF Foundation Honors.
  • NRF advises that attendees test at home before initiating travel to New York City. 
  • When possible, NRF encourages social distancing while at the event.

For purposes of this in-person event, an individual is fully vaccinated, as described currently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) or the World Health Organization (“WHO”):

  1. Two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series vaccine produced by Pfizer, Moderna or Oxford/AstraZeneca,
  2. Two weeks after a single dose vaccine produced by Johnson & Johnson, or
  3. Two weeks after completion of all doses recommended for full immunity of vaccines that have received Emergency Use Authorization by the WHO. Click here for a complete list of these vaccines.

For vaccinations obtained outside the United States: Interchanging the COVID-19 vaccinations listed above is acceptable for establishing fully vaccinated status.

The NRF Foundation will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation including CDC guidance, state and local laws, and guidance from the convention center for changes and additional requirements.  The NRF Foundation reserves the right to amend this COVID-19 Event Policy in any way and at any time and will announce more details closer to the event.

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