It is with great sadness that we have reached the decision that it will be impossible to hold a face-to-face Oxonmoot in 2020.
At all times, we have had in mind that we would only run Oxonmoot if we could do so in a way which was safe for our members.
Following the publication on Monday 11th May of the UK Government document “Our Plan to Rebuild”, describing their Covid-19 recovery strategy, it is clear that some level of social distancing will still be required in September, and this has a dramatic impact on the way the spaces in college can be used – for example the capacity of the Hall is reduced by almost 80%. This has led the college to advise that they do not feel able to accommodate our event. In addition, the proposed introduction of a 14-day self-isolation period for overseas travellers would make it difficult for overseas members to attend.
Everyone who has booked will receive a full refund. We will process these as quickly as we can, but please bear with us as this clearly represents a considerable amount of work for the Booking Officer.
Over the next few weeks we will be developing ideas for an online event – it won’t be Oxonmoot as we know it, but we hope we can put on some events which in some way fill the void. We will announce our plans regarding this in due course.
We are of course very disappointed not to be able to welcome you to Oxford in September, but we hope that we will be able to see you in 2021, and wish you good health.
Elena Davison & Mike Percival
Co-Chairs – Oxonmoot 2020