Orvis cancels Guide Rendezvous in response to Coronavirus
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US fly fishing brand, Orvis, has cancelled its popular annual Orvis Guide Rendezvous (OGR) in response to escalating health fears following the outbreak of the Coronavirus in North America.
The event, which Orvis has been hosting for 34 years, was due to take place from March 19 to 21, in Roanoke, Virginia, and is a magnet for professionals in the fly fishing industry.
In a statement, published on the OGR website, Orvis President & CEO, Bill McLaughlin, wrote:” Like businesses across the country, here at Orvis we have been monitoring the ever-evolving situation with Covid-19 (Coronavirus). Our top priority throughout has been the health and well-being of our employees, partners and our customers.
“As a global show, OGR attracts people from all over the world and the United States. After careful consideration of the recommendations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organisation and our partners at Global Rescue – as well as conversations with many of you – we have decided to cancel the OGR.
“At this time the Down the Hatch Festival will take place as scheduled in Roanoke on March 21.
“The decision to cancel OGR was not taken lightly. We value our partnership with each of you tremendously and understand how important the O is the fly fishing and the wing shooting community. We are working to bring to you the content of OGR through electronic presentations and recorded sessions. We will be in communication with you on those as the timing becomes clearer.
“We also know that you will have other questions around this cancellation. We appreciate your patience while we work through the logistics internally. We promise to keep you informed and will reach out again in the coming weeks.
“This community is incredibly important to Orvis and we look forward to connecting with you every year at this event. We thank you for your partnership as we all try to keep our community healthy during this global challenge. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”