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COVID UPDATES
FOR UPCOMING MEETINGS

COVID-19 UPDATES &
PLANS FOR OUR UPCOMING MEETINGS

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Updated November 27, 2020:

We know many of you are ready to make plans for this winter, and we want to give you some important updates so you can do that!  We will be holding the meetings on-location this winter so that you can travel to and enjoy the area, but we plan on livestreaming the lectures instead of having you be in the meeting room to keep everyone as safe as possible (you can watch from your hotel room or condo).  Tuition will include food for the lecture sessions, served in re-imagined ways for heightened safety (more details on this will be sent out closer to the meeting time).  There is an outside chance we can have a limited number of people spaced out inside the meeting room (with enforced mask wearing and extra precautions), but that will have to be a last-second decision as we see what the conditions and restrictions are surrounding each meeting; we will certainly update you on this status with details right ahead of the meeting time, and we will err on the side of safety.  In the meantime, you can count on the livestream version of the meeting happening on-location, so you can feel good about making travel plans and reserving lodging.  If you are not comfortable with traveling this year, a livestream-only registration option will be available soon. 

Following are the latest updates and more details for each meeting location:

Aspen/Snowmass: We have extended the Early Bonus Deadline to Dec. 1.  Snowmass and Aspen mountains are now open for the season, and The Aspen Skiing Co. fully anticipates that the mountains will stay open this winter for skiing/riding!  The great news is that there are no restrictions on mountain access with our group lift tickets; the only case that could possibly be different is if Ski Co. is forced to move to a mountain reservations system if there is a large spike in cases, but even if that happens our group lift tickets would have priority.  Ikon passes must use a special reservations system, so our group lift tickets are the best bet without this restriction.  Social-distanced tourism has been in full swing in Aspen/Snowmass since July and it's been going well, so the area has lots of practice on how to do it successfully and things are looking good for that to continue this winter.

Maui: We have extended the Early Bonus Deadline to Dec. 15.  Hawaii officially re-opened tourism on Oct. 15!  Currently, travelers will have to show proof of a negative covid test taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to flight departure (NAAT tests are required from a certified CLIA lab from a Trusted Testing and Travel Partner), and travelers must have proof of a negative test result before beginning the final leg of their trip to Hawaii (or a mandatory 2-week quarantine will take effect).  We don't yet know if this will still be the case for this winter, but this effort is designed to keep Hawaii safe and being able to stay open.  Our sources from the Hyatt Regency Maui fully anticipate that the hotel will be open and ready for our group this winter.  Click Here for More Details on Hawaii's Travel Requirements   

Cancun: We have extended the Early Bonus Deadline to Jan. 15.  Cancun has been open to tourists since July, and The Ritz-Carlton is employing many extra safety measures than we're seeing in the States!  We actually recently went to the hotel to scope things out for the meeting, and were very impressed with their covid precautions.  We felt safe throughout the whole travel experience on United (they've installed HEPA filters on the planes), in the airports, in the hotel, and on the beaches of Cancun.

Airline Safety Studies on Covid: Two recent studies have found that airplane transmission risks of COVID-19 during airline flights are very low and below other routine activities during the pandemic such as grocery shopping or going out to dinner, when using face coverings and taking other steps.  The reports noted commercial passenger aircraft are equipped with ventilation systems that refresh cabin air on average every 2-3 minutes and remove more than 99% of particles of the size that cause SARS-CoV-2.  The high air exchange coupled with high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration of all recirculated air, means a commercial aircraft’s air supply system provides protection greater than the design standards for a patient isolation room or a hospital operating room. Researchers also found face masks significantly reduce risks of disease transmission during the COVID-19 crisis. When a seated passenger is wearing a mask, an average 0.003% of air particles within the breathing zone around a person’s head are infectious, even when every seat is occupied, it found.  Airlines have mandated masks, added new cleaning and implemented protocols to manage boarding and deplaning.  For both the 777 and 767 airframes, the calculations show about 54 flight hours are required for cumulative inhalation of an assumed infectious dose.

Click Here for More Details on the Harvard/Airlines for America Study

Click Here for More Details on the Department of Defense Study

Click Here for a Statement from United Including Links to the Actual Studies

Attendee/Traveler Responsibilites: We are all living in a world full of uncertainties.  Exposure to COVID-19 is an inherent risk in any location where people are present.  While Holiday Seminars cannot guarantee you a risk-free experience, by each taking personal responsibility, respecting one another and adhering to all local, regional and state health and safety guidelines we can collectively reduce the risks to our participants, guests, employees, and community.  Every guest shares the responsibility for a safe and healthy experience while visiting a destination.  In these times we all must make decisions that work for ourselves and consider our own risk profile.  Holiday Seminars and each location where our seminars take place has implemented protocols to prioritize guest health and safety, but we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed to COVID-19 during your visit.  COVID-19 is extremely contagious and can lead to severe illness and death and the risk of being exposed or becoming sick due to COVID-19 cannot be eliminated.  You are voluntarily assuming all COVID-19 exposure risks by participating in our seminars or by coming onto any property or using any facility or service in each destination that is under Holiday Seminar’s or a hotel/business's ownership, operation, or control.  We look forward to having you join us this winter, but want to make sure that you do so fully informed and in a manner that works for you.

 

Updated June 20, 2020:

Our main goal is to keep everyone healthy and safe, and our secondary goal is to keep doing what we do best... giving you a place to escape from the everyday while learning from top-notch speakers!  Because we want to make sure your experience is the best we can make it, we have come up with three plans so that we can adapt around Coronavirus circumstances.  While it is too soon to tell which situation we'll be in, we will certainly keep you updated as we get closer.

Plan A: If the meetings can happen like normal, we are implementing new ways to keep you healthy and safe in the meeting room environments.  If you'd rather not attend in the meeting room, but still wish to participate and travel to the area, livestream and video options will be available so that you can watch the lectures from the comfort of your hotel room and still receive credits.  If you don't feel comfortable with traveling this year, but still want to get in on the excellent lectures, a livestream/video-only option will be available soon during registration.

Plan B: If holding the conference in the meeting room is not possible, but travel is possible, we will offer the meeting and credits through a livestream/video format instead, and you can still travel to the area and get the same amazing group discounts with the same exceptional speakers.

Plan C: If traveling is not possible, we will still offer the lectures and credits through a livestream or video format instead, so you can count on getting the education and credits no matter what!

With airline and hotel cancellation policies being very flexible these days, you can make reservations and tentative plans to travel without worry, while still having the flexibility to cancel later on if the need arises.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We want to make sure you feel safe, while still being able to receive the CMEs that you need.  

Sincerely,
The Holiday Seminars Team