2. There are no Australian or Queensland government restrictions in place to affect it. Gatherings of over 500 people have been cancelled, and there are local cancellations here and there, but we have around 45 attendees, we're good.
3. There are no air travel restrictions in place between Australian and either Europe or America (apart from Italy and places like China, Iran, South Korea). The Australian government is warning against non-essential travel, but not stopping anyone. This may change at the drop of a hat, the way things are going, but we'll let you know if something happens.
4. The organising committee is watching carefully. And anxiously. We are torn between wanting this to go ahead, because we are looking forward to hosting a gathering of booklovers and friends, and worried that we are exposing the same to danger and expense and inconvenience.
5. Australia is about as infected as any other place in the Western world. There are a few cases diagnosed, in hospital; overall numbers are low, but as with everywhere else, increasing. The real danger seems to be simply getting out and mixing with others. On one hand crowds in air terminals and airliners are a hazard, but on the other hand there seems to be a dearth of the usual crowds in these places at the moment.
6. The convention is five weeks away. In that time we could see government decisions affecting our plans, such as limiting all public gatherings, or insisting on quarantine periods for travellers, or mandatory isolation regimes.
7. At the moment, we are on. This may change, but if we are forced to cancel, we will make an announcement as widely and as quickly as possible.
8. I and many others will be attending, convention or no. If we can't set up the planned central location at the Kurrawa Surf Club, we'll have an Unconvention, where we'll do things together and get together for meals, in the usual ad-hoc BookCrossery way we do these things in Australia and New Zealand nowadays.
9. If we have to cancel, we'll put in a bid for 2022, and we'll keep as much of our 2020 preparations in place as possible. Tickets can be refunded or rolled over. We'll work out the details.
10. If anyone wants to cancel their ticket, that's fine. You, your doctor, your national government, your family come first. These are strange and unprecedented times, and this whole thing comes under the sort of "non-essential travel" that government warnings are advising against. If you feel uncomfortable about travel and gatherings, that's entirely understandable. Just let us know, and we'll work out the refunds or whatever.
11. TL;DR - we're still planned to go ahead as advertised. If government forces us to cancel, we'll let you know ASAP, we'll have something less formal in place for the same dates, we'll rebid for 2022.