Coronavirus and Feast Planning
July 2, 2020 Update
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still many uncertainties. These uncertainties have affected Festival planning in different ways depending on the Feast site—including the planning of Festival activities. As Feast coordinators stay up-to-date on changing meeting and distancing regulations for their Feast site, we realize that activity information and schedules will not be finalized by July 6 as we originally planned.
Some Feast sites may finalize activity details prior to others, and in that case we will post the activity information and schedule for that site when it’s available. As we post this information, an email will be sent to all those currently registered for that site informing them of the information. We appreciate your patience, and as always we appreciate your prayers for a successful Feast of Tabernacles around the world.
On Sunday, April 12, at 10 a.m. Eastern time, members can begin registering for the Feast of Tabernacles 2020. As we think about the Feast, many of us may wonder how the current COVID-19 pandemic will affect our plans for the Feast. Before registering for the Feast, please consider the following:
The Church of God, a Worldwide Association, is proceeding with normal plans for registration. Please plan to register as you normally would. This is extremely important to the Church in terms of our Festival planning, and since registration does not involve any monetary commitment, we would appreciate it if all member families would register for the 2020 Feast in a timely fashion. Should your plans change, you can change your registration through the portal.
2. Housing reservations
The COVID-19 situation has greatly impacted housing establishments. When making housing reservations, it is always a good idea to be prepared for unforeseen circumstances. But especially now, with the virus situation being very fluid, please be aware of the housing establishment’s deposit requirements and cancellation policy when you make your housing reservations.
While we provide detailed information about costs, amenities and features in the housing brochure, we strongly encourage you to review and confirm the deposit requirement and cancellation provisions with the establishment when you make a reservation. If you are booking a condominium or private home (VRBO, Airbnb, etc.), please note that their deposits and cancellation policies can be much different from those of typical hotels and motels. Please be sure you understand their terms and conditions for deposits and cancellations.
3. Booking air travel
During the COVID-19 situation, airlines are offering great deals to many locations. However, their cancellation policies can vary. While some may allow cancellation with a full refund, others will only allow a cancellation with credit for a future flight on their airline. Be aware of the airline’s cancellation policy before you book any airfare. And if you’re considering travel insurance, make sure COVID-19 is an allowable condition for receiving a refund.