Dear Literary Sisters,
As you are aware, the world and our country are being impacted by the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The World Health Organization (WHO) has determined it a global pandemic. You are no doubt reading in the news, many precautionary steps and procedures that have been implemented by Federal, State, and local governments, health organizations, schools, colleges & universities, major corporations, sporting teams, the entertainment industry, community organizations, workplaces, and other entities in the last few days.
We want you to know that we are also monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation closely, keeping you and all those who are affected in our prayers, and listening carefully to the questions and concerns we receive from you, our members. Our first concern is you and your families' health and well-being. We trust that you are taking action to minimize your exposure utilizing the suggestions recommended by the CDC and WHO.
Additionally, some of you have expressed specific questions and concerns about our 2020 Annual Awards Weekend scheduled for June 11-14th in Sacramento, CA. Although things are very fluid, and changing daily, we wanted to give you an update on our thoughts and actions taken.
We are taking every precaution regarding the information coming out of the WHO, CDC, local governments, Sacramento Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and working with the host hotel to ensure your safety. The Sheraton Grand Hotel has provided us with their protocols (encouraged by the CDC & WHO) which have been implemented at the hotel regarding the coronavirus.
Our Awards Weekend Co-chairs are staying abreast of the news and will keep me and the Sacramento chapter informed should we need to shift our course in proceeding forward with the Annual Awards Weekend. While it is our desire to move forward with our Annual Awards, the well-being of our members remains a primary priority.
These are certainly trying times, and I appreciate your patience as we learn more about this unfolding crisis. In the meantime, we’ve established a dedicated email address for you to contact us with any questions or concerns GOGCares2020@gmail.com. We commit to keeping you informed throughout using our normal channels of communication.
Please stay well.