The American Optometric Association (AOA) has cancelled the ‘live’ portion of its Optometry Meeting, which was scheduled for 24–28 June at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, just outside of Washington, D.C.
This is the first time the event has been cancelled and, while this is the right decision to make for everyone’s health, it is heartbreaking
“Given the growing concerns around the global spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 and the need to prioritize the health and safety of our members, students, AOA staff, exhibitors and each of you, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person Optometry’s Meeting 2020,” a note signed by AOA president Barbara Horn, OD, said.
“This is the first time the event has been cancelled and, while this is the right decision to make for everyone’s health, it is heartbreaking,” the letter added. “Recognising the importance of several key elements of Optometry’s Meeting, we are working with our Boards to quickly identify possible options, including a virtual experience for members to continue their professional development. While we map out the details, we did want to share the information we have now about key elements of Optometry’s Meeting.”
The letter also noted that more details, including dates and timing for many of these elements, will be forthcoming. AOA said it recognises that this news creates many questions for attendees and partners and that it intends to publish available information at optometrysmeeting.org. AOA will update this resource with additional information as it becomes available.
For more information, email the AOA at askAOA@aoa.org.