|Well, here we are…a year into a pandemic following Governor Wolf’s restrictions to “flatten the curve” and “slow the spread”. Although we have made some great progress and now have several vaccines, PSATS is faced with making another decision about our Annual Conference in April in Hershey.|
While there is good news … infection rates are falling, and hospitalizations, county positivity rates, ventilator usage, and even deaths are on the decline, Pennsylvania’s vaccine rollout has been one of the slowest in the country. We had anticipated one-third of PA’s population being vaccinated by the end of March, but we are currently at only about 1 million fully vaccinated. The governor’s restrictions on crowd capacity at events are still oppressively low, yet they remain in place.
|As a result, the Executive Board has decided to cancel the PSATS Conference again this year for no other reason than the numbers. Based on the state’s restrictions and Hershey’s safety guidelines, there wasn’t much of a choice…..the numbers are just plain stacked against us.|
Although we had more than 3,000 participants signed up for the conference, including delegates, guests, exhibitors, and sponsors, and there was great enthusiasm building for the conference, the governor’s gathering size restrictions are too low to allow PSATS to hold an event to accommodate your demand for education and networking.
The good news is, we’re moving on to Plan B. The goal is to give you some of the conference experience but in slightly different ways.