COVID-19 continues to have a significant impact on everyone, Family History Down Under (FHDU) included.
In June we decided to defer the original event a year to 2022, so our international speakers could get here. This is now known as FHDU 2022.
At the same time we set up a new event—FHDU 2021. Come September, it became evident, with the ongoing COVID-19 saga, that numbers were likely to be somewhat less than expected in June - and that we needed to either cancel FHDU 2021 altogether or move to a smaller venue.
We decided on the latter, and have now booked the Maroochy RSL.
Maroochy RSL is an excellent venue not far from the original venue.
In normal times it can accommodate 800 people across several theatres. However under current COVID-19 rules in Queensland the conference room capacity is reduced to just 260, a third of it full capaciy. There is chance that limit may be eased in the coming months, but it may not be.
For now we can only work with the rules as they are. But whether the current capacity rules are eased or not there will be significant differences from the past in the way events will function in 2021.
The two conference rooms will have exactly 130 seats in each - spaced according to COVID-19 rules. There will be no spare seats available if the event is fully booked, as is likely.
The meeting rooms must be totally vacated during morning/afternoon tea and lunch breaks for approximately 20 minutes to allow covid cleaning.
You will be allowed to change rooms following tea/lunch breaks, but not between the two adjacent sessions - i.e. those between morning tea and lunch, and between lunch and afternoon tea. You can of course leave your seat for toilet or other breaks, but you must return to the same seat.
The tightly controlled seating presents a challenge at the event, for those wanting to attend a session which may be in heavy demand. There is no choice but to manage entry to each room on the day - and for you to accept in some cases that you may not be able to attend your for first choice presentation.
Moderately priced recordings will help overcome the problem of balancing room numbers. Recordings will be offer two main packages, one for each of the two tracks (and some extras) - at sigificantly lower prices than they will for non-attendees. Details to be advised in December. There are three benefits to those who take up the at least one of the recording packages:
As with all venues, Maroochy RSL is required to operate in accordance with an Industry COVID Safe Plan, and the requirements of that plan may change from time to time as directed by the Health Authorities.
At the conference attendees will need to accept and sign a form acknowledging the Maroochy's COVID-19 Safe Plan requirements, which are currently:
With all the rollercoaster that was the last few months, we're sure you have lots of questions. Visit our FAQ page, or contact us via this form.