Based on the most recent changes to US travel policy, the potential hazards involved in international travel, and the very strong possibility of more changes in the coming weeks, my Wife and I have decided to not travel to Iceland for Fansfest. This was not a decision taken lightly as we have expenses that, as of today, are not going to be reimbursed. That may also change. The trend is not encouraging however.
Ultimately our decision came down not only because of changes in travel policy, but also to our responsibility to others. In the two weeks since CCP made the decision to cancel Fanfest we've seen incredible changes to the way the world has reacted to this pandemic. Two weeks ago the first case of Coronavirus was announced in Iceland, Italy was still an open country, and cases in the US were rare. In just two weeks we've seen incredible changes. And I suspect those will only continue for the next month or so. Perhaps longer.
As I said from the very beginning, this was a volatile situation that no one could predict. That has certainly proven to be true. All of us have to make decisions that are best for us, our family, and our friends. And while we are disappointed to miss Fanfest, Iceland, and our friends, at this time I strongly believe there is no other choice. I would also caution anyone making decisions based on the current state of affairs to carefully consider their own responsibility. A lot can change in two weeks.
Two weeks ago we hoped that things would change in a more positive direction. They did not. There are now 85 confirmed cases in Iceland. Up from zero. What will the next two weeks hold?
We have to live in the world as it is, not how we wish it would be. These decisions will have long-term economic and social impact, much of which cannot be anticipated. We are already seeing warning signs of significant trouble ahead.
All of which is my way of saying take care of yourself and your loved ones. Make decisions based on fact and not speculation. And stay safe.