- The 3rd EAS Congress has been postponed

Here below the official announcement of 3rd EAS Congress postponement:

The new date is in November, from Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th 2020 at the Hilton Congress Centre, Portomaso, Malta.

The Board at EAS were forced to make this very important decision. We are very disappointed for all delegates, exhibitors and staff to have to postpone 3rd Congress but the rapid spread of the COVID - 19 virus does not allow us to guarantee everyone’s health and safety at Congress in March.

The decision was taken on the basis of a few points that we want to share with you.

Health grounds – for attendees, their colleagues attending alongside them, and their families and patients on their return home. The risks associated with health are too great. EAS could have been seen to be negligent in its duty of care to its attendees, if a decision was not taken. Imagine the scenario of a “hot-spot” evolving in Malta just before Congress, or that one person carrying the virus was to spread it to other attendees. Everyone at Congress could have been quarantined in Malta for 14 days.

Access to Malta - it is becoming evident that Authorities are not able to guarantee that Malta could or would stay infection free. In fact, Covid-19 has now broken out in Malta with the first cases. 3rd Congress was less than 2 weeks away and as we have seen, a lot can change in 2 weeks with Corona virus. EAS could not take the risk that any decision to restrict further access to Malta would suddenly be imposed before Congress was due to start.

Quality of Congress - Cancellation and postponement requests were increasing day-by-day over the past week and it was becoming impossible to predict delegate numbers, speaker attendance, and company participation. All of these issues would have impacted on Congress and its educational value.

What's next?
What does this mean for those of you who are still registered to 3rd Congress?

If you are a Delegate
We offer you 2 OPTIONS:

OPTION 1 - STAY WITH US: Leave your registration fee with EAS, and you will have until July 1st to check your availability; if you can make the new date, we will apply what you have paid to the new event, with no increase. All you need to do at this stage is to inform EAS that you want to stay with your registration - email office@eas-aligners.com to confirm your registration.

OPTION 2 – ASK FOR A REFUND: If you can’t attend on the new dates, we will refund your registration fee less a 5% deduction to cover the administrative costs we have incurred to date with the venue and our Congress suppliers. The refund will be made once you have notified - office@eas-aligners.com

For those who booked a room @ Hilton, venue of the event, you can contact directly Hilton Malta.

EAS has negotiated a 1-night cancellation fee instead of the full no refund which is the current hotel policy.

For airfare that every delegate has arranged, please contact your airline to arrange re-booking for the new dates. At this stage due to this world health emergency, the majority of airlines are acting responsibly allowing re-booking with a minimum administrative cost.

If you are a Company
We offer you 2 OPTIONS:

OPTION 1 - STAY WITH US: Leave your sponsorship / exhibition booking with EAS for the new 3rd Congress date of 26th to 28th November 2020. You will have until July 1st to check your availability; if you can make the new date, we will apply what you have paid to the new event, with no increase. All you need to do at this stage is to inform EAS that you want to stay with your registration - email office@eas-aligners.com - to confirm your participation.

OPTION 2 – ASK FOR A REFUND: If you can’t attend on the new dates, we will refund your booking fee less a 5% deduction to cover the administrative costs we have incurred to date with the venue and our Congress suppliers. The refund will be made once you have notified - office@eas-aligners.com

For those who booked rooms DIRECTLY with the Hilton, venue of the event, you can contact directly Hilton Malta.

EAS has negotiated a 1-night cancellation fee instead of the full no refund which is the current hotel policy.

Those Sponsors who had room allocations through the EAS block booking do not need to do anything. These booking will be carried over and can be confirmed by July 1st.

For airfare that every delegate has arranged, please contact your airline to arrange re-booking for the new dates. At this stage due to this world health emergency, the majority of airlines are acting responsibly allowing re-booking with a minimum administrative cost.

We thank, in advance, all of you who have and will continue to support EAS in this difficult decision, which has been made in the interest of “health first” for all our colleagues.

Kind regards,
EAS BOARD

 

MORE INFORMATION

info@eas-aligners.com

+44 7802 202 612

www.eas-aligners.com

HERE the official press release

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