The COVID-19 outbreak has created a situation of uncertainty and concern. Many are already affected by policies to restrict travel and reduce exposure through social contact. With less than 90 days until our planned 2020 conference, RCBC is currently gathering information to determine the best course of action in this public health emergency. Obviously, our first concern is for the health and safety of our member community and staff.
BC’s Ministry of Health has now issued an order to cancel all events in the province of 50 people or more. At this time, the order covers events up to May 30. However, that timeframe may be extended as the situation unfolds. As this order does not currently extend to RCBC’s June 10-12 conference dates, we are left in a difficult position. Our options include:
1. Holding the event as planned.
2. Moving to a later date in August, September, or October.
3. Cancelling the 2020 conference outright.
There are a number of factors to consider that include public health, personal safety, the availability of speakers, as well as financial losses and penalties, which RCBC would incur upon cancelling. So, we will continue to monitor the situation, work with our community regarding possible contingencies, and look for guidance from the provincial health authorities to minimize any potential health risks.
While we determine a course of action in the coming weeks, please know that we continue to appreciate your support. So, please be assured that if a date change or cancellation is announced, RCBC will offer a full refund without penalty to all conference registrants and exhibitors, or transfer the registration to the new date as an optional choice.
We realize the difficulty this presents for your planning and travel arrangements. We will provide regular updates in the weeks ahead as more information becomes available. We expect to make a determination in advance of our June dates that will minimize any inconvenience. Our next scheduled update will be April 2.
Thank you for your continued support during this difficult time. Please stay safe and be well.
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