Last Updated August 29, 2021.
The Convention Committee has been developing a policy to address appropriate COVID precautions for several weeks. Because the situation is and has been rapidly evolving, we originally felt that providing a statement too soon would put us at risk of needing to issue multiple policies or updates. This would lead to confusion. However, given the number of inquiries we have been receiving, we have decided to publish this policy now. Please understand that things may change as the convention draws closer.
The rate of new cases in our area has been leveling off. However, the situation may change again. In the event that it does, FEMARA may revise its policy as necessary. The most current policy will always be on our website, and will be posted at numerous locations at the convention.
We realize that the wearing of masks has unfortunately become a politically charged activity. Please understand that given the demographics of our population, as well as the fact that children under age 12, ineligible for vaccination, will be attending, we are asking everyone to follow item 1 of the Radio Amateur's code:
"The Radio Amateur is CONSIDERATE...They never knowingly operate in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others."
... or in this case lessen the safety of others.
Thank you in advance for following our policy at the convention.
General Chair, HamXposition 2021