Since the inception of the COVID-19 pandemic, COA has been carefully monitoring the situation in order to make decisions that ensure the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, and organizations. The safety of the COA community is paramount to us, and non-negotiable.
As a result, it is with a heavy heart that we share that given the current pandemic in the NYC-area, the designation of the NYC-area as a “hot spot” and “epicenter,” the current prohibitions on group gatherings, and that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health has reported that there will be no vaccine against the virus for 12 to 18 months, it would be impossible to hold an event in August at the Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.
We are extremely disappointed that we will not have the opportunity to see everyone this summer and are considering other ways to connect and foster the rich dialogue and exchange that results from bringing everyone together.
Be well and stay healthy.