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Pity any news organization, journalist, or simple blogger trying to stay ahead of the curve on Coronavirus. Deeper sympathies for anyone responsible for a gathering of people, trying to act appropriately and not rashly. And if you are trying to do both things? Welcome to our world…

We are glad we didn’t try to publish this post last month, as it would have changed four times since. And of course, we are grateful that the Presentation Summit does not take place until August — at least we don’t have to act in desperate or harried fashion. We are trying our best to balance the caution that this global pandemic demands with the optimism and can-do attitude for which we are famous.

Here is what we think we know:

The size of our event (capped at 200) has been below one of the thresholds set by King County. On March 17, the county dropped that threshold to 50 and soon after that instituted sheltering in place, banning gatherings of any size at all. As restrictions ease, King County is expected to roll back by those same thresholds — 50 people and then 200 people. There are several other factors that work in our favor, three in particular:

 It has never not been the case that we place the health and safety of all of our patrons above all other considerations and this year will only be exceptional in the degree to which that is visible. We will have hand sanitizers coming out of our metaphorical ears and we will have a medical professional on the premises 24 x 7 who will be completely up to speed with all CDC advisories and guidelines.

But we understand that exactly none of this might be within our control, or yours. If your doctor, your employer, or your government says you can’t travel, then you can’t travel. And we want to assure you that we will be as flexible as a small organization such as ours can be:

Events are moving quickly and this posting will be updated as often as is necessary. The information here is what we believe in our hearts as of March 27. If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to us any time and in any form. The Contact button at the bottom of the page provides all of the options.

We remain confident that, when safe to do so, we will be able to greet you at the Summit warmly and enthusiastically. Just maybe not with open arms.

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