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Cancellation / COVID-19

03-11-2020

We have all been closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19, better known in the mainstream media as "Coronavirus." We know many people remain deeply concerned about their health and well-being, as well as the health of those close to them. ConGregate is also concerned for the safety and well-being of our community and the welfare of its own staff and convention attendees.

As the convention is still a number of months away, we are inclined to continue to plan for having the event. If things were to get dramatically worse later this summer, we may reconsider that decision. If so, we will certainly make every effort to inform folks if we decide to cancel. For now, we have adopted a "wait and see" policy.

Regardless of any decision made by ConGregate, please be mindful that if you, or someone close to you, are amongst the demographic that is at serious risk from COVID-19, attending ConGregate may not be in your best interest.


Statement on Community Health

At ConGregate, we take the health of the members of our community very seriously. While we can’t force you to follow the 6-2-1 rule (get 6 hours of sleep, eat 2 meals, and take 1 shower each day), we do recommend it. 

We can also offer other ways to help:

Firstly, we have, since our very first year, offered individually packaged drinks and snacks in the ConSuite.

Secondly, we intend to work with hotel to have hand sanitizer positioned around the convention, for your convenience - but washing your hands is still the best option.

Thirdly, we are suggesting that folks find creative ways to greet each other, that maybe doesn’t involve shaking hands with half of the con attendees.

Lastly, with the threat of the COVID-19 virus, we’d like to remind you of the CDC’s recommendations for reducing the risk of spreading and/or catching airbourne diseases (see below).

CDC Recommendations

CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  3. Stay home when you are sick – don’t come to ConGregate.
  4. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  6. Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask:
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
    • The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  7. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  8. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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