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  1. I wonder what the actually registration number has to be for it to not be that bankrupting experience for costs. I know real numbers get shaky when people try to deep dive into them. Figure I'd try for a vague number that has no true reason to be spun like the balance sheet is normally.
  2. Taking the extreme emotion of your response out of it - I never suggested I was a medical doctor or that mass gatherings were currently safe. Having local experience through the Boston Marathon events, I have seen government using situational control upon the population. For me in MA having been through having the actual bug, there is significant involvement of medical doctors in my local town & their opinions are being followed appropriately. For my family in other parts of the state, their officials have been subject to the opinions of titled or academic doctors opinions & not a
  3. Something of interest - Hope someone is keeping an eye on this as conventions are shuttered, that curveball known as IP protection is looking to reassert its control again...
  4. I do not wish to say it but i suspect you can go Through December again this year with that. Remember, conventions only occur with local government approvals. Until they can feel unaccountable for the normal activities of society, you will not see said government reopen society. They have seized control so to speak of that civil liberty from society & will fight very hard to never give it back. Society has to push back & prove with overwhelming evidence that the control needs to be released. Stay safe & help keep others safe.
  5. Add to that they are likely awaiting closer to the con, the conditions on the ground & what the District becomes in terms of open to the public. Would be a miracle if they are above a 25% capacity for convention centers under the exceedingly most optimistic conditions. Then, translate that into what the contracted gate numbers are & scale down from there. Add to that the liability still pending for last year as there usually is a time limit on holding admission refunds (no matter what they are called) to events. The house of cards was already shaky in January. Expect to hear the tree f
  6. I am guessing, based on the scale of Otakon being a multi-million dollar operation - the goal would be in scale to that - between hundreds of thousands & up. Many others have yet to even advertise registration or hotel rates. Gonna guess they have given up spending & are expecting a 2nd year of no go & are avoiding the costs as much as possible. Being late Summer, tough to do for Otakon. I am curious just how long it will be before international guests are allowed by their employers to leave their home country. Add to that the drop expected in financial industry support - gonna be
  7. Never rely upon a single person for anything. You should look at many opinions & make an educated decision. No one person is 100% correct or an expert on everything. Where this has been on-going, this along with many other doctors, have been in one stance & then change as information is made available. I place higher value upon doctors that are not part of government, that have a reason to state a position as a term of their employment & not only as a term of their oath to patients. As to sourcing: depending upon what you consider reliable, which would be based upon personal pol
  8. There is one piece of information that they are not discussing in regards to vaccinations: Are these vaccinations going to be an annual thing similar to seasonal flu? I suspect you will not be seeing international guests for 2 or more years as wise people will not leave their home country in an unknown environment - especially if they have any type of chronic medical issue. I would even move a step stronger - I would imagine you may see regulations denying admittance for those with medical conditions to conventions - restrictions in place from the government - due to their suscepitibility &
  9. But the intent of the post is not moot - this is not in regards to a 2020 convention, but to the potential permanent changes coming to the industry & what we may face from it going forward. This is a societal change coming to the entire industry & will impact conventions like Otakon & AB significantly. Especially if they all adopt un-occupancy safety rules or elevator rules.
  10. Something for community consideration as society around the world finds its new normals: https://www.foxnews.com/travel/how-hotels-change-post-coronavirus Better pray that 1 per elevator use policy doesn't become practiced...
  11. That's the problem with contracts - until someone else changes the conditions on the ground, you are still bound, no matter the situation. We have to wait on how DC rolls the viability of the venue before otacorp will make a statement.
  12. If news reports are accurate, there are two major strains - one in europe & 1 in asia. The US has both at the same time. So, 1) a vaccine will likely only cover 1 strain making groups of people still suceptible to the other 2) expectations on leisure international travel should be nil for 1-2 years minimum after something like this with an expectation of a decade recovery for tourism 3) i enjoy conventions as many of us do - I do not expect them to be licensed for at least a year & even then, expect them to be capped significantly by size & with significant mandatory medical regula
  13. If they are like many other conventions under contract/obligations, if they make any mention of not holding the event, it opens them up to obligations directly payable for the event. They are likely awaiting judgement from an authority involved in the venue that voids their obligations outside of their control, thus allowing them to speak more about not holding a convention. Like nearly all things - it's always about the money in the end.
  14. The Acela nonstop service will be temporarily suspended starting Tuesday, March 10 until Tuesday, May 26. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/07/amtrak-cancels-nonstop-acela-service-between-dc-nyc-due-to-coronavirus.html Keep an eye out as this is on top of airlines taking steps internationally. This is the first domestic service I am aware of that is ceasing public transportation. Let us hope it doesn't become a domino effect, especially as the need to look out for the public welfare begins to combine with legal liability & the over protective nature of our litigious society comes fort
  15. You don't need to worry about this for the 09 con since it seems to be occuring during the All Star Break and then they resume in Chicago. So you will have to wait a year for the lights and action to be discovered.
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