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Sorry for the late response – tried to take a couple of days PTO – but we all know how that goes.
Thanks for your response below. The reason why I asked this was I saw in your Exec Sec report that you had “Travel authorizations from / to countries” under your items to consider for in-person sessions.
I am sure you can understand why I feel asking anyone to give up 3 weeks of their lives in quarantine after attending a plenary meeting doesn’t feel fair – and begs the question is there another option we can offer?
This leads me to my next question and given my prior misinterpretation of your report – I don’t wish to do again. You note in your presentation – mixed mode meeting requirements. However, it is not clear to me one way or the other what we are doing for July. Will there be mixed mode support? This is not noted on the meeting announcement page (which IMO – should be noted).
I do not believe the EC has made any sort of decision on mixed mode support for the July Plenary. Will you be addressing this in your future meetings agenda item for the April teleconference? I hope so as I think it needs to be addressed, and probably should have an EC motion backing it up.
Given my recent discovery regarding what participants may have to deal with in getting back to their own countries – I think this has taken on new meaning.
If we were to have the meeting in Canada today, the rules of Entry to Canada would be different than they will be on April 1st.
The rules for re-entry to anyone's country of Origin may be different next week also.
You are correct, I am not trying to track everyone's return requirements. That is an exercise for those that are most familiar with the respective country.
I spoke to Sha Wei (SASB Member in Beijing) this morning, and the requirements that she described to me were different from what your colleagues described.
Does that mean one or the other is wrong? No, it means that in China, there are some City specific requirements as well as Country requirements.
I am not going to claim to be an expert on reentry requirements for any country.
I can only ask that you (and everyone else) please look at the requirements, and make decisions on personal travel accordingly.
We are looking forward to the relaxing of the COVID-19 requirements around the world.
I am optimistic that this will occur.
My Hope is that by July Plenary, we will have sufficient numbers in person to justify the mixed mode format.
The reality is that each individual that can travel in July should make the reservation
LINK FOR RESERVATIONS
(Remember to put the room type in the comments -- this is an issue with the hotel reservation system ).
The Hotel Reservation count (about 20% as of today) is a better barometer than the strawpolls.
Let's see how many are willing and able to attend in July, and lead with that information.
Jon Rosdahl Engineer, Senior Staff
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