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** ISA Statement Regarding ISA 2020 Travel (2/28/2020) **

Given evolving COVID-19 developments, ISA understands many ISA 2020 attendees want to make informed decisions about their travel. ISA is in contact with the Hawaii Department of Health to develop best-practice health and safety measures on site. The health and safety of our members remains our number one priority. ISA will allow withdrawals from the program with no penalization.

ISA is however, contractually bound to our partners for the cost of the convention. Therefore we can only refund convention registration (no add-on events) to persons directly impacted by government restrictions.

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Comments

Thomas F. Homer-Dixon
Thursday, March 5, 2020 2:34 PM
Let's be blunt. This conference should be cancelled, immediately. The London Book Fair has just been cancelled, and California has declared a state of emergency. Community transmission of the virus is clear in Washington State. And all this is happening with almost three weeks to go before the conference starts. The situation will likely be far worse then. The absence of a formal cancellation of the event will make it difficult or even impossible for attendees to claim reimbursement from granting agencies for cancelled air travel,. This will encourage registrants (especially young scholars, who are less able to afford the financial hit) to attend, at risk to their health and/or prolonged absence from home because of sudden quarantines. The sooner the ISA leadership announces this decision the better, so people can adjust their plans.
Roxanne Doty
Friday, March 6, 2020 1:22 PM
What is the procedure for getting a refund on the registration fee?
Gregory J. Moore
Saturday, March 7, 2020 10:49 PM
I have to cancel my participation in the conference because I'd be coming from China and have to be self-quarantined for 14 days. Given the development of the corona virus in the US now, it is not going to be safe to hold such a big event. Can I propose postponing the whole event to next year, same time, same place, same schedule? Thank you.
Greg Moore
Larry A. Swatuk
Monday, March 9, 2020 12:05 PM
I agree completely with Tad.

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