BeachBind 2021 COVID Information
Concerned about COVID?
We are too, and we are actively and carefully watching and considering the issue. The safety of our staff, presenters, attendees, and the resort staff has and will always be our top priority.
BeachBind is an outdoor event at an open-air resort, and takes place in the Jamaican resort corridor that is heavily locked-down with less than 1% of persons coming to Jamaica and returning who have reported a positive test. Jamaica is currently welcoming of and and actively encouraging tourism, relying on tourism for about 40% of its GDP.
All presenters, staff, and BeachBind's organizing team are vaccinated (See BeachBind Protocol for additional information). Regarding attendees, BeachBind's August 15 survey revealed that out of about 120 attendees and 97 responses, 97% of those who responded indicated that they are or will be vaccinated for BeachBind (all but three, two of whom cannot receive a vaccine for medical reasons).
While there is no way to guarantee zero transmission during the event or as a result of travel, we will continue to implement protocols as long as the conditions call for the same.
As of now there are no plans to cancel the event. If you are considering cancelling or moving to the May 2022 BeachBind event, please make sure you understand your options before you do.
Please review the Travel Requirements, Resort Protocols, Event Protocols, and Tips & FAQ's to familiarize yourself with COVID and its effects on this event.
GET VACCINATED, ISOLATE, and GET TRAVEL INSURANCE PRIOR TO TRAVEL!
We hope that our upcoming trip will be COVID-free, but as you know there is always the possibility of contracting COVID in Jamaica or anywhere else - whether you are vaccinated or not.
Getting vaccinated is the best way to minimize your chances of becoming sick and testing positive, so we very strongly urge any unvaccinated attendees to get vaccinated before traveling.
We also highly recommend that you purchase travel health insurance. Please see "Don't Ruin Your Concation" under "Tips & FAQ's" for more information.
We also strongly recommend that, vaccinated or not, you isolate yourself as best as possible in the days preceding your travel to Jamaica, especially those 10-14 days before your test and departure.
The Resort Cancellation Waiver is Back.
There is some good news for those of you that registered after May 31: Hedonism has reinstated their Cancel-for-any-reason waiver which was discontinued at the end of this past May. If you don't have the waiver, you can now add it. The new waiver has increased in price to $50 per person. You will be able to use that credit for one year from your original travel dates (again, no refunds, just credit), but there are now no extensions and you cannot re-buy the waiver, so once you move your funds to a new trip, that is it. Also as always, the waiver does not cover your full payment, only the per-night amounts listed here.
Feel Free to Reach Out:
If you would like to discuss your thoughts and feelings directly with us, or if you are concerned about your ability to attend, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.