- The annual Allen & Co. Sun Valley conference kicks off next week.
- The event will have strict safety precautions including mandatory testing and vaccines.
- Guests will be allowed to bring spouses but no children and events will take place outdoors.
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Summer camp for the tech and media elite kicks off next week, and it will come with strict COVID-19 precautions, Vanity Fair’s Joe Pompeo reports.
Officially known as the Allen & Co. Sun Valley conference, the annual retreat in Idaho lures the biggest names in tech, media, and finance, and, while the event was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, it’s set to kick off next week.
But the conference’s A-list attendees will have to follow stringent vaccination and testing guidelines, according to Vanity Fair.
Allen & Co., the private investment firm that runs the event, tapped public health experts from the Mayo Clinic handle safety precautions. Attendees will be required to hand over a photo of their vaccination card or supply immunization records to the Mayo Clinic, and anyone who received a vaccine other than Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson could face extra restrictions.
Guests will also be required to show proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of their arrival in Idaho, then take a rapid test once they show up at the event.
In addition, attendees may only bring spouses, no children, and most of the conference events will take place outside, Vanity Fair reports.
According to Variety, the guest list for this year’s event includes the usual lineup of powerful executives and dealmakers: Tech tycoons like Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Satya Nadella, Reed Hastings, and Ted Sarandos have all been invited, while media magnates including David Zaslav, Bob Chapek, and Shari Redstone are also on the guest list.
Other notable invitees include Warren Buffett, Adam Silver, and Roger Goodell.
According to Variety, Jack Dorsey, Peter Thiel, John Stankey, Nikki Haley, and Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch are skipping this year’s conference.