APGA has made the decision to postpone the 2020 Convention and Exhibition in Brisbane until 2021.
Originally scheduled for 17–20 October 2020, APGA CEO Steve Davies said in a letter to members yesterday that due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the association would instead hold a virtual convention this year and return to Brisbane next year.
“It is clear that all in-person events face an uncertain future for the rest of the year,” said Mr Davies.
“Even though permitted indoor gatherings are gradually increasing in size, the social distancing required at these events makes them unsuitable for APGA purposes.
“We have reviewed the latest advice from the Federal and Queensland governments and concluded we simply could not know at this time if the 2020 Annual Convention and Exhibition could go ahead.
“While we had hoped to delay a final decision until at least August, it became apparent that this timeline would be unsuitable for all our exhibitors, sponsors and delegates, and for the required preparations to deliver the event.”
APGA has also cancelled all its larger in-person events in the lead up to the October convention, but said if there are significant changes to social distancing requirements the association will start up its other events immediately.
“I know this will be a disappointment to many people, and we’re disappointed too,” said Mr Davies.
“In the scheme of things, we are looking at a six-month disruption to the association’s events, which is not so bad, and we can focus all our attention now on preparing and delivering a program of virtual events for the next five months.”
APGA will continue to release information on the virtual conference and its events as it becomes available.
For more information visit the APGA website.
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