COVID-19 passports not good for #ICANN meetings

If you got vaccinated against COVID-19 already, congratulations. Please continue to practice social distancing and wear your mask. Even if you get a COVID-19 passport, that alone won’t get you an in-person meeting pass to the infamous global ICANN meetings and their illustrious buffets.

For now, at least.

ICANN president and CEO, Göran Marby, announced today that he’s extending the ban of in-person ICANN meetings until June 30, 2021.

ICANN president: No face-to-face meetings through June 2021. Photo by Anna Shvets from Pexels

Citing concerns about everyone’s health, the ICANN president stated:

Today, I want to inform you that due to the ongoing impacts of the pandemic, ICANN org is extending our suspension of travel and face-to-face meetings until 30 June 2021. In making this decision, we took into account the latest information and advice from the medical community and available scientific data; the rapidly changing and complex travel landscape; and the fact that countries where we operate and may travel to are in different stages of managing the virus. We consider all travel and face-to-face meetings to be high risk activities right now.

This extension to our suspension of travel and face-to-face meetings does not impact the status of ICANN’s offices, which currently remain closed, and staff are required to work from home. In our phased approach, each office will reopen on its own schedule.

Full message at Mr. Marby’s blog.

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