There’s a lot of concern and attention in the media about the Coronavirus pandemic. Many large security events and gatherings are being postponed or cancelled. We’re aware that many companies are introducing restrictions on travel. And many people have concerns about safety when traveling or attending a public event; we do too.
With that in mind, we want you to know that we have been, and continue to keep a close eye on the situation. We want to share some information with our attendees, speakers, sponsors and our community.
Richmond, VA has been relatively unaffected by the situation so far. We have been cautiously optimistic that we could continue as scheduled by implementing additional sanitation and safety measures. Our plans have been to monitor the situation and follow the lead provided by Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), our hosting sponsor, and our local government officials.
This week VCU issued a statement that all events with more than 100 people have been cancelled until April 15. While RVAsec is outside of that range (May 5-6), it is not currently clear if that date will be extended.
We can tell you that RVAsec is committed to providing a safe environment for our attendees, and we will act accordingly as we figure out the best way to move forward. Furthermore, we are prepared to do our part to reduce the potential impact to our community and flatten the curve, even if to the detriment of the conference itself.
Our next step is that we will be meeting with officials from VCU this coming week to further discuss the situation. This meeting will hopefully provide additional insights that will allow us to make a proper decision on how to proceed with RVAsec 2020.
We will provide further information as soon as it becomes available.
Thanks for your support in these unprecedented times,
Jake and Chris