Today, the ICANN organization extended its current ban on travel and face-to-face meetings from 30 June 2021 to at least 31 July 2021 due to the continued impacts of the pandemic. The ban is being extended by one month to provide ICANN org adequate time to conduct a thorough risk assessment and to develop the travel processes and procedures necessary to ensure the health and safety of the community and staff.
As you can imagine, this is a significant area of work that requires careful consideration. ICANN org is working in close collaboration with the community and Board to prepare for safely resuming travel and face-to-face meetings.
In our assessment, we're considering all the risk factors, such as vaccination status and availability, community and staff comfort levels, flight and route availability, local government quarantine requirements, venue health and safety requirements, and much more. The org team also continues to proactively monitor the situation by working with several travel, security, and safety experts around the world, and by following guidance from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We are taking every precaution necessary to ensure your safety and wellbeing.
I hope you are staying safe and well, and I look forward to continuing to connect with you virtually during these uncertain times.