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Following Criticism, Firm Nixes Vaccine Event For Employees Chris Shockley, president of the Virginia Credit Union, told employees Thursday in an email that “there are others in our community who need to receive the vaccine ahead of our employees, so we are adjusting our rollout.” Financial institutions are part of Group 1c of the state’s vaccination plan and not yet eligible. AD Company spokesman Glenn Birch had told the newspaper it planned to provide its community room as a vaccination site to a local pharmacy for future large-scale vaccinations aimed at employees of more than 100 area businesses. He said credit union staff could assist as volunteers and would therefore be required to be vaccinated beforehand. AD The newspaper said it was unclear, however, how many of the 450 credit union and real estate employees who signed up to be vaccinated would have been asked to volunteer at future vaccination events. It was also unclear what businesses would be involved and whether their employees would have qualified to receive the vaccine under the current recommendations. Health experts have recommended that health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities be vaccinated first, followed by essential frontline workers and the elderly. Buford Road Pharmacy in North Chesterfield would have conducted the clinic that had been scheduled for this weekend for Virginia Credit Union and Joyner Fine Properties. Virginia Credit Union recently acquired Joyner. Joseph Jadallah, Buford’s lead pharmacist, had told the newspaper that the event was being done in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Health. He said giving shots to people who work vaccine events is common. For copyright information, check with the distributor of this item, Richmond Times-Dispatch. Arnold Palmer Invitational To Allow 25% Fan Capacity For March Event The Arnold Palmer Invitational will be the first tournament with more than a few thousand spectators allowed to attend since the coronavirus pandemic led to no or few fans attending sporting events. The March 4-7 event at the Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Florida, announced Wednesday that limited tickets will be available at up to 25% of capacity. The Arnold Palmer event was the last to be played in March 2020 with full spectators. "Although the 2021 event will look different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to providing a world-class experience in a safe environment for all involved,'' said Joie Chitwood, the tournament director for the Arnold Palmer Invitational. 1 Related Tickets will not be available for the practice rounds or pro-am, only the four tournament rounds. Multiday tickets will not be available, no shuttle service will be provided and all single-day tickets must be purchased in advance. Since golf resumed in June following a 13-week shutdown due to the pandemic, nearly every tournament has been played without spectators. The Houston Open was the first domestic event to allow what was reported to be 2,000 spectators per day. Some events have allowed a small number of corporate guests, usually fewer than 1,000 people. This week's American Express Championship and the other tournaments in California will not have spectators. The Waste Management Phoenix Open next month -- traditionally the highest-attended event in golf, with some days surpassing 100,000 fans on site -- will allow 5,000 per day. The total number at Arnold Palmer is expected to be more than that, perhaps as many as 8,000 per day. Starting with the Arnold Palmer event, the Florida tournaments, including the Players Championship and Honda Classic, are expected to increase the number of people allowed on site. The Big Adventure Event Starts On Steam, With Sales And Demos © Image: Cave Monsters The Big Adventure Event is a new showcase on Steam, dedicated to the adventure genre. There’s an event hub on the Steam app that players can explore, with new demos, developer commentary, and sales on adventure titles. The event is presented by Hitcents — a popular indie game publisher — and many of its best-selling games will be on sale during The Big Adventure. “Players will be invited to join as developers stream their work live, offering a chance to share behind the scenes information, answer questions and showcase what may become their next favorite adventure game,” said Hitcents in a news release. “Players can expect developer broadcasts of a mixed range of titles including Unforeseen Incidents, Inspector Waffles, Tangle Tower, and Lord Winklebottom Investigates.” The sales happening during the Big Adventure Event aren’t only for adventure games; games from other genres are available as well. Players can pick up games like Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning, Democracy 4, and Deliver Us The Moon. The Big Adventure Event on Steam is now live and will be active until January 25.