Update on AIABPM and the COVID-19 pandemic
Up until the middle of March, we were optimistic that the COVID-19 pandemic would be waning in time for us all to travel safely to AIABPM in Las Vegas in June. At this point it seems very likely that our nation and our businesses are in for a long recovery from the greatest public health crisis of our time.
The safety of our attendees, exhibitors and speakers is our highest priority. We will not conduct the meeting unless we can guarantee the safety of everyone involved.
At this moment, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas remains closed and it is not clear that it will re-open at the end of April. As the peak of the pandemic has not yet reached many parts of the country, there is a great deal of uncertainty regarding when it will be safe to lift the social distancing recommendations that have changed our lives so dramatically. We know that it will take even longer for the public to regain confidence in airline travel, hotel accommodations, and being in large groups of people. We recognize that many anesthesiology practices are experiencing financial stress as elective surgery has been curtailed, either by choice or government regulation.
We feel we have no choice but to cancel the meeting scheduled for June. We are currently negotiating with the hotel regarding moving the meeting to October or November of 2020. All attendees, exhibitors and speakers who have already registered will receive a separate communication via email regarding refunds. We will post information here and communicate with our email list as soon as we have established new dates for 2020.
For the clinicians who are reading this, our hearts are with you as are already experiencing or are preparing for dramatic changes in your workload. For everyone, we hope you are staying safe and sane while getting used to the new normal.