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Feast of Tabernacles Planning: Coronavirus Considerations

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Feast of Tabernacles Planning

Coronavirus Considerations

1. Registration 
If you know where you plan to attend, please register for that Feast site as you normally would. This will help the Church in planning.

2. Housing Reservations
The coronavirus has significantly affected the hospitality industry and potentially the Feast of Tabernacles 2020. It is always a good idea to be prepared for unforeseen circumstances when making housing reservations. This includes being aware of deposit requirements and cancellation policies of your housing provider.

Most members make housing reservations months in advance of the Feast. It is extra important to understand advance payments and deposits and the cancellation procedures of the properties you book. When making housing reservations, be sure to ask the management what their cancellation policy is in case you have to change your plans in the future.

Hotels and motels usually require a one-night deposit via a credit card to reserve a room. The cancellation procedure normally requires anywhere from 2 days to one-week notification for a full refund. Making early reservations for listed hotels and motels should present no problem. In the Festival Planning Brochure this year, when possible, we’ve provided deposit and cancellation information for specific housing options under “Features.”

Most condominiums and rental homes are privately owned and some require up to half of the full payment as the initial deposit. In many cases, that initial deposit is non-refundable. It is advisable to consider postponing reserving condominiums and homes. Be sure you understand the terms and conditions before providing a non-refundable deposit.

3. Airfare
There might be some great deals right now, but be sure you understand the cancellation policy. If an airline provides cancellation insurance, make sure of the allowable parameters to receive a refund; coronavirus might not be included.