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Absage/Verschiebung BarCamp Bonn 2020
Liebe Freundinnen und Freunde des BarCamp Bonn!

Schweren Herzens, aber auf nachdrückliche Empfehlung der Universität Bonn, haben wir uns nun doch dazu entschieden, wegen des Coronavirus das BarCamp Bonn nicht an diesem Freitag und Samstag stattfinden zu lassen. Die Entscheidung fiel uns nicht leicht, aber wir haben stets gesagt, dass wir uns an die Empfehlung der Uni, in deren Räumlichkeiten wir gastieren, halten werden.
barcampbonn.de/2020/03/11/absa

@vilbi A good chunk of my timeline is filled with such cancellation announcements these days.

@vilbi ?
X event cancelled Because of corona virus is not normal. It's new.

@gemlog @vilbi

over the last few years I've noticed a lot of events across Northern Europe cancelled because of financial and logistics issues, lack of volunteers or licensing problems (especially if they involve loud music), but this is the first time I've seen genuine health threats being cited as reasons for such cancellations..

@vfrmedia

@gemlog @vilbi

received hundreds of cancellations today sent to our press agency. for most event companies this means financial dead because isurance does not pay for a case like this. lot of jobs will be blown away and companies will go out of biz. hard times ahead.

@kmj
On the upside, I suppose it will be a good time to start a new event company if one can be prepared for the timing of recognizing the inflection point of the disease and launching...
Deep pocket existing companies will happily hoover up clients too, of course.
@vfrmedia @vilbi

@gemlog @kmj @vilbi

at least in England most jobs in event management seem fairly precarious anyway (at least for music events)..

I'm not a doctor/biology prof so have no idea if this virus risks threatening the summer event season as well, although the promoters of the county agricultural festival and Latitude (a music/arts festival) are saying they are carrying on with the events in July...

@vfrmedia

i am no doctor too but had some interesting discussions today with do called specialists. looks like if hotter temperatures does not partially kill the virus the situation will continue gor 12-24 month. looks like we must wait.

@gemlog

the masses of tbe event companies have no deep pocket and the big oney does not want to take over their mini to small biz.

@vilbi

@kmj @gemlog @vilbi

In England a lot of the small event companies especially for music events have already closed down as there was such a backlash against loud music and noise in many areas so nothing got licences; I can see though how it would have a really bad effect in Austria and Germany as it seems gatherings and festivals are an even bigger part of the culture..

@vfrmedia
yes, if these small ones goes down this will hit our culture hard :-(
@gemlog @vilbi

@kmj
As I pointed out earlier to @clacke , hotter temperatures are a forlorn hope. Australia is having summer right now and it is still a victim of the virus. But we can use it to see how badly it spreads there over the next couple of weeks.

@vfrmedia @vilbi

@gemlog
The point is, people are more outside buildings at warmer weather. So infection rate is going down.
As there are no resistance of anyonce and no vaccine against that virus, our imune systems have to learn the hard way.
The health system can only keep death rate low, when their capacity is not overloaded.
So realistic, no logic thinking person thinks that the spread will be stopped but slowed down.

@kmj @clacke @vfrmedia

@vilbi
yes. It can't be stopped. But slowed down will relieve stress on our health systems. We only have so many hospital beds, ventilators and oxygen bottles - and staff.
@kmj @clacke @vfrmedia

@gemlog In my neighbor town they closed the only hospital today and took the staff in quarantine. One doctor has corona.
(It's the town where I work)
@vilbi @kmj @clacke @vfrmedia

@gemlog
Yes it will hit anybody or minimum one in your network. But the important point is that as much business as possible has to go on. Otherwise we get more deaths from other causes as the virus will occure...
@Nasenspray @kmj @clacke @vfrmedia

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