Monday, March 16, 2020

Covid-19 CANCELLATION: Snap Con VII, "The Criosis on the Danube

For the past week the core planning group have been discussing the fate of this event given the Covid-19 pandemic. As some of you may know, I am a Family Physician myself and have been dealing with Covid issues daily for the past 2 weeks at least. It has become clear in the past few days that holding this event as scheduled would be unwise for health reasons. Indeed, the Governor of Connecticut today issued an advisory against meetings of even 10 or more persons, and has closed schools, restaurants, health clubs, etc for at least the next 2 weeks; I would be surprised if these closures lasted less than 2 months at minimum. I am still hopeful that we might run the event at Historicon in July, and have laready registered to do so assuming that it is held; I would give that 50/50 myself, especially for such a large gathering.

As almost all of the development work has been done for this event, I certainly hope to run it in the future here in Connecticut perhaps this October, and Historicon - if not in 2020, perhaps 2021?  We will see; we are living in very uncertain times, and that is likely to continue for many months at least. We will stay in touch once the situation clarifies and it becomes possible to make meaningful plans for future events. 

Meanwhile, this looks the be year I do more painting than usual...

Best wishes to you all, and stay well!



Peter


28 comments:

  1. Tough call, but probably the correct one for now. Sheesh, no bars, no games with 10 plus players, sounds like the old days....without the bars!

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    1. No bars for me in the old days either, LOL!

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  2. (Love Joe's comment above!)
    Always a bummer to have to delay something that one has planned, but as our grandmothers used to say "the best things in life are worth waiting for".
    You brought a smile to my face with your near-Aussie spelling of "criosis". A typo, I realise and it should, of course read "croisis"!!

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    1. Damn typos! :-)
      "Croisis" would have an Aussie vibe to it, wouldn't it?!

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  3. Sad to hear it, but not unexpected. My Spring break has been extended for until the end of April! Take care of yourself, and enjoy the extra painting time. I am managing to get some work done at the painting table myself!

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    1. Thanks, Jake. I have expanded painting plans, but that all depends uipon what happens. Office volumes are down, as might be expected, but phone calls are way up, and there is a slim chance I could be called into the hospital to work (I still see my patients there).

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  4. Take of yourself and your patients, Peter!

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    1. Thanks, Jon. Hope your leg is making continued progress, too!

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  5. We will be confined to at least two weeks in France too, hoping that things will work out, courage and bravo to the doctors and health system workers ...Best wishes...
    Phil

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    1. Thanks, Phil. It will be surprising if it is only 2 weeks.

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    2. I will too! Take care...

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    3. Best wishes and good health, Phil. It will be challenging for evertyone worldwide for some time to come.

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  6. Understandable, just cancelled a health sector conference here in NZ we'd been working on organising for two years. Stay safe and best wishes Peter!

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    1. Thanks, mark. Even medium sized meetings will likely be on hold for several months at least.

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  7. Stay well! The Kaiser needs you! Thanks for all your medical work in this tough time!

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    1. Thanks; it is a challenging time for all, and will be for several months at minimum.

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  8. A tough call but undoubtedly correct in the circumstances. And a big thank you to you and all those dedicated health workers who work round the clock to safeguard their patients’ wellbeing. Chapeau!

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    1. Thanks, Mike. It is already worse - our main hospital now has 14 Covid patients, 3 of them on respirators. Last week it was 1 patient.

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  9. It certainly appears to be changing daily everywhere at the moment. Definitely the correct call.

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    1. Everyone, everywhere will be effected, directly or indirectly. Collectively we get through it, but not without losses of many kinds along the road.

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  10. Good note, Peter. Brave new world.

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    1. Things will be quite different for almost everyone for the next several months at least. Stay well, John!

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  11. Sounds sensible, if regrettable after all your hard work, hopefully you'll be able to stage it later in the year. Take care.
    Best Iain

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    1. We will see how it all plays out; at this point, the least of our concerns, I am afraid!

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  12. We're still in the anxious/waiting period for our big con in May, Enfilade! - so far, the Governor banned events of 50 or more only until end of March. This may be pushed further out as things appear.

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    1. I would both count on that being extended, and advise cancelling it. I am registered for Historicon in July, but I think even that may be a long shot. After Monday the 23rd, all visits to our office will be remote ONLY for the foreseeable future.

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