|WBC 2021 Status Special Newsletter||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: conventiondirector (conventiondirectorboardgamers.org)|
|Date: Fri, 7 May 2021 13:26:52 -0700 (PDT)|
WBC 2021 Status Special Newsletter I hope this note finds you and your families safe and healthy. The BPA Board has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation regarding WBC 2021 and the BPA membership safety. This monitoring includes State restrictions, especially our host state of Pennsylvania, CDC Guidelines for vaccinated persons ( <https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/p0308-vaccinated-guidelines.html> https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/p0308-vaccinated-guidelines.html), travel restrictions for international travelers from our two largest member countries, enforcement of mask/vaccine requirements, and member concerns received. The Board is aware of and considered the Pennsylvania Governor announcement that he plans on lifting restrictions on May 31. After reviewing these factors, the Board has decided to cancel WBC for 2021. The impacts on reservations with Seven Springs and your 2020-2021 BPA Membership are below. The board will be discussing the impact on other areas including, but not limited to, WBC 2022 events. As we finalize these topics, I will include the results in our future monthly newsletters. We realize that this decision is disappointing for a majority of you, including board members personally. However, the Board feels that this is the most appropriate action to take for the safety of our members and the organization given that CDC guidelines may not change before July, vaccines are not likely to be approved for many children until later in the summer, members from outside the US still cannot attend freely, and we have heard from enough members with concerns about attending and vaccinations. Regarding reservations related to WBC 2021 with Seven Springs, beginning on Monday, May 17, 2021, Seven Springs will begin cancelling all WBC reservations and refunding the deposits made on those reservations. There is no need for you to call the resort if you want your reservation canceled. If you plan on still going to Seven Springs and want to keep your reservation, you will need to contact Seven Springs reservations by Friday, May 14 at (866) 437-1300 and inform them not to cancel your reservation. If anyone planning to still go wishes to have a room available for gaming, please contact Jerry Taggart of Seven Springs at (814) 352-777 x7387. Seven Springs will honor the WBC 2021 lodging rates for personal visits this summer. BPA Members can call the Seven Springs reservations team directly at 866-437-1300 and ask for the WBC rates. Rooms and reservations are subject to hotel availability. The Board has agreed to extend all 2021 Sustaining and Higher-Level Memberships through 2022 which includes admission to WBC 2022. This covers those extended from 2020 and those paid in 2021. The current membership period and rates that were to expire on June 15, 2021 will be extended to June 15, 2022. If a member wishes to get a refund of their membership, they should send a note to me at <mailto:conventiondirector [at] boardgamers.org> conventiondirector [at] boardgamers.org to request the refund. Associate memberships for PBeM tournaments will remain a one-year membership for 2021 only. If you have any questions on this, please reach out to me at the above email address and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Ken Gutermuth Executive Director Boardgame Players Association
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