Over the previous a number of months, I’ve wrestled with a troublesome choice: whether or not or not we may safely maintain #SpotLAX2020 in September. With totally different elements of the nation experiencing the disaster introduced on by COVID-19 otherwise and at totally different instances, it was not a simple choice to make.
Initially, I used to be hopeful that we may in some way handle to sneak it in. Early projections have been that an preliminary wave within the spring and early summer season would subside and that by September it could be potential to carry an occasion with the roughly 50 individuals who attended final yr. Moreover, I knew we had the possibility to do our half to assist the journey trade, albeit in a really small approach.
Alas, issues haven’t gone as we had initially hoped in lots of elements of the nation. The prospect to keep away from different elements of the nation turning into hotspots like New York was in March and April have been squandered. The outcomes have been predictable. We’ve watched as different states have needed to pause reopening plans and even roll them again. Right here in New York, we’ve seen the federal government impose obligatory quarantine guidelines to those that have visited a lot of states. As of yesterday, that listing consists of California.
Our choice to cancel was made after session with our sponsor JetTip.internet and the opposite members of our board of administrators. The decision was unanimous: it could be irresponsible for us to carry an occasion this yr the place we ask individuals to journey from throughout the nation to a single location. In the long run, what began as a troublesome choice turned fairly straightforward.
We’re going to start wanting into our 2021 occasion quickly. Nevertheless, I count on that we received’t make an announcement about it till considerably later than we’ve the previous couple of years. There are far too many unknowns about how this virus will proceed to have an effect on us over the following 15 months.
We hope to have the ability to see everybody in Los Angeles within the fall of 2021. Within the meantime, get out to your native airport and watch some planes in a protected, socially distanced approach. And please, put on a masks. It’s the solely approach that we are able to keep on high of this terrible virus within the quick time period.