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Eurofurence 26 — "Welcome to Tortuga"
Estrel Congress Center Berlin
July 28 – August 1, 2021
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 21 
 on: 23.04.2020, 09:41:27 
Started by Quincy the Raccoon - Last post by Torajin
And my axe!

They cancelled the fursuit parade and the fursuit game show last year, this was the obvious next step...

Ok, that was mean, I'm sorry

 22 
 on: 22.04.2020, 12:36:51 
Started by Quincy the Raccoon - Last post by Ragear
if that is true, just let them figure it out in peace, ok? No hassle here, there are legal daggers all over it.

 23 
 on: 22.04.2020, 08:55:03 
Started by Quincy the Raccoon - Last post by Quincy the Raccoon
Pfouuuuuu....... Putting the EF regs in REVERSE then, money-back-guarantee?  :(

 24 
 on: 22.04.2020, 04:29:54 
Started by Quincy the Raccoon - Last post by Suicune
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Kulturelle und sportliche Großveranstaltungen in Berlin mit mehr als 5.000 Teilnehmern bleiben wegen der Corona-Krise bis zum 24. Oktober verboten. Veranstaltungen mit mehr als 1.000 Teilnehmern dürfen bis 31. August nicht stattfinden.

https://www.rbb24.de/politik/thema/2020/coronavirus/beitraege_neu/2020/04/berlin-senat-corona-lockerungen-massnahmen-maskenpflicht.html

As expected, Berlin bans events with more than 1000 attendees until august 31. and these with more than 5000 until october 24. Now it's offiicial.
So yeah, see you next year then. :/

 25 
 on: 21.04.2020, 23:25:43 
Started by Quincy the Raccoon - Last post by Quincy the Raccoon
https://www.tagesspiegel.de/berlin/covid-19-klinik-im-hotel-estrel-berlin-plant-weitere-corona-behandlungszentren/25700498.html

Berlin is currently looking at using the Estrel as a COVID-19 treatment centre. Makes sense. Good transport facilities. On site facilities for staff and volunteers. And plentiful free space in the congress centre.

It doesn't exactly look promising for us at the moment.
I still think EF will pull the plug for this year. It's sad, I know...  :'( :-[

 26 
 on: 21.04.2020, 23:20:37 
Started by Quincy the Raccoon - Last post by ANTIcarrot
https://www.tagesspiegel.de/berlin/covid-19-klinik-im-hotel-estrel-berlin-plant-weitere-corona-behandlungszentren/25700498.html

Berlin is currently looking at using the Estrel as a COVID-19 treatment centre. Makes sense. Good transport facilities. On site facilities for staff and volunteers. And plentiful free space in the congress centre.

It doesn't exactly look promising for us at the moment.

 27 
 on: 21.04.2020, 00:41:44 
Started by Quincy the Raccoon - Last post by Suicune
So far 3 states set their event limit to 1000 attendees. We can expect other states following that example.
It's sad, but for the best.

Read and saw enough to know that I never want to have Covid19.
It causes permanent damage to the lungs, leaving you unable to do anything exhausting, maybe even unable to fursuit. Simply because you don't get enough oxygen into your body anymore. I know that kind of feeling alread thanks to another condition I had to deal with a while ago and I definitely don't want to have it again.

 28 
 on: 19.04.2020, 02:54:24 
Started by makogrey - Last post by makogrey
Due to the virus all flight leaving from Canada to Berlin have been officially cancelled till the fall. Is there anyway I can get a refund or a rollover on my membership till the following year? I also bought a ticket for the boat party the night before hand that I'm also wondering about.

 29 
 on: 16.04.2020, 17:59:00 
Started by Quincy the Raccoon - Last post by makogrey
All flights leaving Canada are cancelled till the fall at the earliest. I work in the food industry and were doing a daily medical check before entering the building. As some people have been sent home with a fever as there not allowed to enter the building. I just hope everyone ok during this time and stays safe. Hopefully I can come next year and now I've been rearranging my plans to maybe go to Fur Apocalypse in October 

 30 
 on: 16.04.2020, 15:46:09 
Started by Quincy the Raccoon - Last post by Zelaphas
   The wide range of response to the COVID-19 virus is frustrating.  Europe seems to take it more seriously than most of the USA.  While here it seems to be decimating the large cities of New York, Philadelphia, Detroit and Chicago, the populace at large seems to regard it as a terrible inconvenience, rather than a death-dealing plague.  Many people here are off-work due to their places of work being closed, but they are not necessarily staying IN their homes, which was the point of the thing.

   [...]

  I'm still hoping for Anthrocon to take place, I think it will; the City of Pittsburgh and the VisitPittsburgh hospitality service have been doing their best to keep AC up-to-date and in the loop, but who knows how the situation and conditions turn in the next two weeks.

I'm a former Chicagoan now living in France. I have Anthrocon and Eurofurence still on my calendar this year as a dealer. And I can tell you, I agree that this disparity between US and Europe responses is frustrating.

Americans don't have the same labor protections that many Europeans do. I'm greatly simplifying things, but most businesses/governments are already required to have ~5 weeks vacation leave and extended sick leave or unemployment baked into the cost of hiring each employee. So while it hasn't been perfect, the European response has been to largely tap into those already existing social safety nets while they demand people stay at home and not work. So again, it hasn't been perfect, additional stimulus has been needed in many cases, and there's still a negative economic impact (-12% in France last I heard), but most Europeans were already protected for something like this. If you're already protected from instant homelessness/starvation, you're more likely to be willing to comply with stay at home and social distancing orders.

In the US, there's no government mandated sick or vacation leave, it's difficult even in prosperous times to qualify for unemployment insurance, access to healthcare is mostly done through health insurance provided by your employer, and most states have "at will" employment laws meaning you can walk into work on Tuesday and discover you've been let go from your job with zero notice and zero pay/severance package. And the millions of people working in restaurants and bars for a lower minimum wage than others (like $2.50/hr in some states) relying on tips to pad out their regular income are especially screwed. To have the government suddenly shut down huge swaths of the economy and demand everyone stay home when people have no sick/vacation leave, no severance pay, near-impossibility of getting unemployment insurance, and having their healthcare cut off, when so many Americans already can't afford a $500 unexpected emergency, is an especially painful blow. I can understand (but disagree) why so many Americans are desperate to just ignore the virus and get everyone working again. Work is the only thing most Americans even have.

The disparity in approaches is actually why I'm really hoping Anthrocon gets cancelled and there's still travel bans across the Atlantic (so I can get a refund on my flights). I had planned to be a dealer at AC this year and combine the trip with a visit to my folks whom I haven't seen in nearly two years. So I'm extremely upset to cancel all that, but at this rate, even if I were able to go (as a US citizen I'm allowed to return to the US whenever I want, assuming I can get a flight...), they may mandate that I be quarantined upon arrival for 2 or more weeks, which would prevent me from going to Anthrocon and cut my visit with family down to less than a week. Then I'd likely have to be quarantined getting back to France, which, if my husband joined me, would cut into the leave he'd already take for the US trip, meaning it'd likely be unpaid leave at that point, and with my income getting hit by event cancelations and being unable to ship purchases in my online shop due to most French post offices being closed, we'd come home with only lots of time lost in quarantine, no income from Anthrocon, and tighter belts for the rest of the year.

A bit of a rant on my end here but yeah, this whole situation sucks for everyone. To be clear, I'm not upset with the fact that we have to be locked down or unable to travel, and I'm not upset with whatever responses convention staff need to make to all this. They're doing their best and I can recognize what's necessary. It's just ruined the planning and incomes and family reunions of so many people. So it's unfortunate.

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