COVID-19 and Requiem (and Lexicon too)
I'm really looking forward to the Requiem anomaly in Munich, but unfortunately the trend worldwide seems to be toward cancelling large events. Given that I (and I suspect a large portion of expected participants) am looking at a rather pricey intercontinental flight to get to Munich, I'd ordinarily be booking my flights soon, but I'm hesitant to book travel right now given the uncertainty around the virus and how it will impact events. While many airlines have announced flexible change policies, there are still restrictions on changes made under these policies that make it difficult to recover the full value of the original ticket.
@NianticBrian, Can you provide any insight into your process and timeline for making a decision on the state of Requiem? Do you anticipate making a go/no-go call at a particular date? Naturally, a decision to go forward could be overridden if circumstances beyond your control occur late, such as the German government instituting a travel ban and/or mandatory quarantine just before the event. But even knowing that, it would be really helpful to know if Niantic has a target date in mind for making (and communicating) a decision so agents can potentially hold off on making their own non-refundable arrangements until then.
I'm also interested in the process/timeline for Lexicon. Given that Lexicon is scheduled to occur in many cities around the world, agents are less likely to do any intercontinental travel, but some agents are still eager to book their travel arrangements soon if they haven't already. Also, as someone on an xfac team in a Lexicon host city trying to ensure a fun weekend for our visitors, we'd like to be able to plan accordingly. I hope everything proceeds as planned, but again it would be helpful to get a bit more insight into your decision-making process as the event approaches.