As the COVID-19 outbreak spreads, many conferences are being canceled, postponed, or turned into virtual events. Many companies are also restricting employee travel. Will that happen to genealogy conferences?
I hope not. But hope isn’t enough. Being prepared seems to be a better plan. I want to be prepared and hope I can keep you informed at the same time.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has yet to declare the current coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic. But as the infectious disease continues to spread and public health concerns rise, the WHO categorizes the risk from the virus as “very high”. On Tuesday, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the novel coronavirus disease is more deadly than the seasonal flu, but appears to spread less easily.
One sector of the economy that’s already feeling an immediate impact is meetings and other public events. Whether as a result of travel bans, laws banning large gatherings, or an abundance of caution, officials are being canceling, postponing, or converting events to virtual conferences…leaving show organizers, attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors scrambling to make alternative plans. Companies are also instituting travel restrictions for employees.