Unfortunately, we regret to inform you that circumstances surrounding the continued spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and most recently the decree issued by the Italian Department of Civil Protection suspending demonstrations and events of any kind that would cause attendees to be closer than one meter of others in attendance, we must cancel the event in Rome and make other arrangements.
Before releasing this statement, we worked hard yesterday to find other alternatives for our General Assembly and annual Awards ceremony and we are pleased to inform you that solutions have been found!
The General Assembly will be held in connection with the next QEP/MQEP judging session in Poprad, Slovakia, in June. We currently anticipate the meeting to take place on Monday morning, June 8th.
Because we know all finalists are keen on finding out their positions in the competition, we felt that we could not keep you in suspense until June. Therefore, we will arrange an online award ceremony with a dedicated premier time where all winners will be revealed. We are currently working on the details of this broadcast and are dedicated to releasing it as soon as possible. Further details will be communicated once we have confirmed them. We understand it is not the same as having a ‘real’ ceremony, but we hope it will nevertheless help you to celebrate your fine achievements in the competition.
Those of you who are also finalists in the WPC will soon receive more information about the new arrangements of that ceremony. Also, if you had signed up for activities in Rome that required payments (such and dinners or workshops), you will be contacted by the organizing committee to arrange for refunds.
We are deeply saddened about this and recognize that the situation has created difficulties for all involved. Travel plans will have to be cancelled and new ones created. We will make available the official statement from the Italian government, which will hopefully help you with claims with your insurance companies or airlines. We trust you understand that in this difficult situation this was the only decision we could make. We look forward to meeting you other events in the future!
We remain at your disposal for further inquiries.