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Message from Executive Director RASC concerning COVID-19

13 Mar 2020, 16:09 UTC
Message from Executive Director RASC concerning COVID-19
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Hello all,Our daily news feeds are now dominated by stories of public events, conferences, concerts and whole sports seasons being suspended or cancelled due to concern over the spread of COVID-19. It is only natural to be concerned about what precautions we should be taking as a Society, and indeed several Centres have already contacted the national office looking for guidelines about whether or not meetings and/or outreach sessions should be cancelled.My suggestion is to follow the advice from Health Canada on their site “Risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings during COVID-19 global outbreak,” and for each Centre to weigh the risks of holding public meetings, and of strategies for mitigating those risks if meetings are to continue. It’s important to remember that many of the events we see being cancelled right now are either very large (e.g., rock concerts or sporting events with tens of thousands of attendees) or draw international attendees, or both. Our meetings are, of course, much smaller and tend to be very local in their draw. Balanced against this is the fact that we tend to have a lot of older members, who are at the greatest risk from the virus. Also, public outreach events where ...

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