COVID-19 is making our Nelson 2020 convention planning a challenge, and we know that many of you are wondering if this year’s convention will go ahead. We are concerned for the health of everyone, and the viability of the businesses that we will be visiting or using during this convention. In early April 2020, as we write this message, it is very unclear to us what decision we should be making. We do know that if these current pandemic conditions continue, this will be considered a ‘Force Majeure’ rationale for postponing this convention. GNRHS & CPHA are having discussions with each other and our major venues, but no decisions have been made yet.
For now your Nelson convention planning committee remain hopeful that this convention can go ahead because it is in September 2020. We will remain vigilant in assessing all the factors that can play a part in the important decision of whether to go ahead with this convention this year, or to postpone it to a future year (perhaps 2022). We are very reluctant to consider cancelling this convention altogether as we have put so much work into this very worthwhile convention location.
Our worry is that if we don’t have enough registrants we will have to postpone, even if all other factors look favorable to go ahead with this convention this year. So that we have a true sense of how many people want to come we encourage you to register ASAP if you feel you can come this year.
CLICK HERE for full convention details.
CLICK HERE for a printable registration form.
CLICK HERE for a preliminary convention timecard (subject to change)
If we decide to postpone this convention we will do it no later than early August, but it may be considerably before this if it is apparent that there are too many barriers to us having a successful convention this year. If we postpone this convention, you will get your registration money back ASAP. If we decide to go ahead, but you decide to cancel no later than August 16, 2020, you will get your money back. If you cancel your hotel less than 30 days before convention you are expected to pay one day, but you will be reimbursed for the rest. We will use the GNRHS website to communicate further decisions made about this convention, so please keep checking gnrhs.org
In the meantime, please stay healthy; let’s fight this nasty virus!! To protect yourself avoid touching your face, and wash your hands for 20 seconds every time you touch things that others may have touched; use alcohol gel if you don’t have access to soap and water. If you cough or sneeze, do this into your arm / elbow, to prevent you from spreading the virus via your hands; this is to protect others. Also stay at least 2 metres (6 1/2 feet) from other people who aren’t part of your household safety bubble.
Thomas and Francina Carr, Maple Ridge, British Columbia
GNRHS National Convention Officer & Registrar for Nelson 2020