On the other hand, there’s two big issues that we cannot change at this time:
* Because of the social nature of the Summit, every attendee is exposed not only to other attendees, but also to the staff at their hotels, as well as staff at the restaurants and the venue. So while we can test everyone from the community… we cannot test everyone on the ground, and we have no control over where the staff works outside of our event.
* Because of the different strategies (and varying success rate) in fighting the pandemics in different countries, and the opaque stats from some of them, it still remains impossible for attendees from certain countries to enter the EU (e.g. Brazil, USA, Russia, China, etc.), while in other countries, if you do not hold the national passport, you are allowed to leave – but you are not allowed to return (Japan).
And let’s face it: the Summit is not really a “European community”, or a “European-Canadian community”, it’s a truly international event that is made special by the fact that counsels come from over 30 countries. I want to ask Nima about Iran, I want to ask Ali about Turkey, and I want to ask Vanessa about Brazil, which is all currently impossible as the borders remain largely closed.
With all of the above taken into consideration, I hope that you understand our reasons for the change. Please email me or Alma if there’s anything that we can help with!