Covid-19 the Coronavirus and ACCU 2020


The Coronavirus Covid-19 situation is very fluid just now. Many are asking how this affects ACCU 2020. The official position as at 2020-03-11T18:15+00:00 is:

We are obviously concerned about the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on this year’s ACCU and are closely monitoring what is happening.

Archer Yates, the conference event managers are in close contact with the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers – ABPCO, who are in turn liaising with the UK Government.

Essentially, we see two different scenarios for the conference, depending on how the situation develops:

  1. Conference happens as planned – ideally, we are able to run the conference as normal, while ensuring measures are put in place to best protect attendees as instructed by the national and local health authorities.

  2. Conference runs locally and online – In the event there are global travel restrictions, but it is still possible to organize the conference locally, we will run the event as a local event while streaming the content to those no longer able to attend. The workshops will run remotely online. Clearly if the UK Government declares a major emergency and forbids any public events being held altogether then the whole conference will be online only.

If the conference moves to some or all online we will refund 50% of the ticket price to all who participate online. This will apply to both the workshops and the conference itself.

Clearly, we still want ACCU to be held, even if for this year it means altering the concept. We will keep everyone informed of how things develop, and we will do all we can to ensure we get through this challenge as a community.