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COVID-19 Update

Wednesday, June 10, 2020  
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This is a further update on the Sisters in Crime response to the threat of COVID-19. 

As a community based in gathering to share stories, Sisters in Crime takes very seriously the threat of the COVID-19 virus to our members and readers. To continue our effort to help flatten the curve of coronavirus outbreak in the United States and Canada, we are continuing and expanding the following measures: 

A full suspension of all in-person events originating from Sisters in Crime, Inc., until 2021. We thank other organizations who have made the difficult decision to cancel events or move them online. Our Speakers Bureau program has been paused until at least 2021, though we have made efforts to make our speakers available for virtual events. We strongly encourage chapters with 2020 Speakers Bureau matches to pivot in-person events to virtual events. New Speakers Bureau matches are on pause indefinitely. 

The suggestion that chapters and members cancel all in-person events through the end of the calendar year. If chapters or members begin in-person meetings or sponsor or attend events still on the fall calendar, they should follow the strictest local, state, and federal guidelines. Chapters holding their own in-person events should consider event insurance. Chapters relying on Event Grants from SinC, Inc., for sponsorship of large-scale in-person events should seek national board approval before expecting, promising, or spending sponsorship funding. We highly recommend that chapters develop content for members who hope to stay in quarantine through the fall and, if possible, into the future.

The extension of our Chapter Event Grants allowances for virtual technology. The allowance for SinC Chapters to apply for an Event Grant to fund audio-visual equipment and/or virtual meeting subscriptions remains open until October 1. We highly recommend chapters develop virtual content for members who are staying in quarantine, and consider further virtual content to better serve distant membership. Chapter leadership may rely on their io group or the national board to give guidance on best practices, topic and speaker suggestions, and more. Our commissioned article from Dana Kaye on best practices for online events remains available on our website.
The deadline for use of 2020 Education Grants has been extended through 2021. If you are a recipient eligible to extend your grant timeline, you should have received further details by email. New Education Grants are on pause indefinitely.

The deadline for our Eleanor Taylor Bland Award has been extended to June 22.

Please, for the sake of all our communities, practice social distancing and safety precautions. Thank you for your patience with our organization and other volunteers in the mystery community as we all figure out how to best serve you in light of this ongoing situation. 

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Lori Rader-Day
National President, Sisters in Crime

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