CROI leadership has continued to monitor the growing COVID-19 outbreak in the US and globally each day. Many countries, agencies, and institutions have now banned travel, and many infectious disease physicians are urgently needed to care for patients with COVID-19 in their own institutions. Because of increasing concerns that travel to a large group gathering like CROI is not advisable from a personal and public health perspective, the CROI leadership has come to the difficult decision that the 2020 CROI meeting will be virtual.
Here is what you need to know:
- CROI has not been canceled, but the meeting will be held virtually. No sessions will take place in the Hynes Convention Center. For more information, please visit the Virtual CROI FAQ page.
- We recommend that you not initiate your travel to Boston. If you are already on your way to Boston, you should plan to return to your home.
- You must contact your hotel directly to cancel your hotel room as soon as possible. For more information, please visit the Virtual CROI FAQ page.
All registered attendees, including those that have modified their registration prior to the announcement on March 6, 2020, will have access to view sessions live via webcasting. Presentations will be prerecorded and sessions will be webcasted live. In addition, access to all CROI materials (including abstracts, electronic posters, CROI Mobile App, and abstract eBook) will be available. An email with log-in information for access to these resources has been sent out on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at 8:00 PM ET. All conference materials will be available to the public after the conference.
At this point we are not providing refunds, with the exception of residents of China and other countries under a specific travel ban due to COVID-19. We will develop a policy after CROI ends, once we better assess the financial implication. For more information, please visit the Virtual CROI FAQ page.
CROI leadership will be present in Boston to facilitate the success of the virtual program. We ask for your patience and understanding as we work through very difficult logistical issues in creating a virtual program in a few short days. There are many uncertainties and unknowns as we balance the need to act responsibly in the face of the growing COVID-19 pandemic while doing our best to protect the integrity of the science that serves those living with or at risk of HIV. We thank you for your continued support.