2020 CONGRESS OF THE SCHIZOPHRENIA INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH SOCIETY CANCELLATION STATEMENT
SIRS attendees come from all over the world. Over the last two weeks, SIRS leadership learned that many institutions have placed both international and domestic travel bans on their employees for non-essential travel, inclusive of conferences. Italy has recently issued a declaration that all congresses, meetings and social events that involve health professionals are suspended until 3 April, and we need to anticipate that this declaration may be extended beyond 3 April. Similarly, major air carriers are suspending flights to the region (inbound) and several countries where our attendees are located have suspended travel out of their country (outbound). The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also issued a travel alert to avoid all non-essential travel to the region where the congress was to be held. On 9 March, authorities in Italy placed the entire country under quarantine. All of these actions are a direct result of the epidemic of COVID-19. It is clear that it would be an unacceptable risk to bring over 1500 members of the health care community together in Florence, Italy.
- An update will be sent once a final decision regarding postponement or cancellation is made.
- If you made your housing reservation through SIRS Italian Organizers, AIM Group, your hotel reservation will be cancelled, and you will receive a full refund for your hotel arrangements.
- If you made a group reservation through SIRS Italian Organizers, AIM Group, please contact to firstname.lastname@example.org to cancel your reservations by 15 March.