On March 4, the Seattle and King County Public Health Department issued new public health recommendations to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. Among these recommendations was a request to organizers of large public gatherings to avoid bringing large groups of people together and consider postponing events and gatherings. Based on these recommendations and in light of SIR's decision to cancel, ARIN has made the difficult, but necessary and responsible, decision to cancel the ARIN 39th Annual Convention, due to take place in Seattle March 28th - April 1st. We have given the situation deep consideration and want to provide all attendees with ample opportunity to manage air travel, hotel reservations and personal schedules. We also want to respect our nurses' and physicians’ need to be on call back in their own communities and countries. Preparing for the conference involved the time, talent and ideas of a great many of our volunteers, speakers, exhibitors and event partners. We’re incredibly grateful for this and deeply disappointed not to be able to host you at this time. Please review our FAQ to answer the immediate questions regarding cancellations.
In the coming weeks, we will tap into the innovative and agile spirit of this specialty to explore virtual meeting options that deliver world-class education. Through regularly posted updates on arinursing.org, we will keep all ARIN 2020 participants apprised of our plans to deliver the research, sessions and presentations you value. In closing, we want everyone to know that utmost in our decision is ARIN’s core purpose and mission: To be the World’s Premier Source for Imaging Nurses. This is true in the products and services we deliver, the voice we bring to important policy and public venues, the research we inspire and the collaborations we value with industry and other healthcare providers. However, the rapidly changing circumstances and unknown nature of this virus are such that we must consider the safety and wellbeing of not just our meeting participants and staff, but their families, colleagues and patients. We would never knowingly do anything to harm the trust you place in us, and in turn, your patients place in you.