Dear Valued Members & Friends of the Maritime Community,
The National Health Institute issued a statement during a congressional hearing Wednesday, suggesting the cancellation of mass gatherings and large community events where large numbers of people are within arm’s length of one another.
Following that and guidance from the CDC, and the growing escalation of the Covid-19 outbreak around the world and in the United States, the annual MASC Gala scheduled for March 20, 2020 is now cancelled. We will continue to monitor this situation and work with our vendors to reschedule the event whenever it is possible to do so safely. We expect to reschedule for later this year.
The health and safety of our members and community are of utmost importance to us. Notifications issued by health officials over the past few days make this action the only prudent course for us in the best interest of keeping the Maritime community as safe as possible.
We are heartbroken and know this is a very challenging time for everyone, and appreciate your understanding and support.
Q: Will the event be rescheduled?
A: We will continue to monitor the situation and select an alternate date when it is safe to do so.
Q: What will happen with my tickets to the MASC 2020 Annual Meeting and Gala?
A: Tickets will be transferred to the alternate date (TBD). Please expect an email communication regarding an alternate date once we have more information to share. Please also be patient, our tiny team of 3 will work through questions as quickly as possible.
Q: I’m a sponsor of the MASC 2020 Annual Meeting and Gala – will my sponsorship automatically be moved to the rescheduled event?
A: Yes, and we will be contacting each of our sponsors individually to confirm details once we have more information.
Q: How does this impact the Maritime Association?
A: In planning for this event, MASC has incurred a number of costs from vendors that we cannot recoup, but will be applied as credit toward the rescheduled event. For this reason, we are unable to issue refunds for tickets and sponsorships.
Q: What about other meetings at MASC such as Nav/Ops or Board Meetings?
A: For the months of March and April, any scheduled meetings will be held by teleconference only. The Nav/Ops meetings are cancelled until further notice.
Thank you for your understanding and support! We expect to have further details and resume business as usual as we monitor the situation further.
The Team at MASC