IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT WORLD MIXED HARMONY 2020

This message comes from the leadership of the Mixed Barbershop Harmony Association.  Immediately following this announcement is the official announcement from BinG!, both in German and in English:

The Mixed Barbershop Harmony Association (MBHA) is very concerned for the health of all of our members and supports the decision of BinG! to postpone the Barbershop Music Festival 2020 (which includes the World Mixed Quartet and Chorus Contests) at this time due to the COVID-19 situation (see official announcement below). We support the following North American (Canada and the United States) mixed choruses and quartets in their obvious disappointment in not being able to compete in April and hope another opportunity to represent the best of Mixed Barbershop in North America can be arranged in the near future:
Canadian Mixed Quartets
Ripple Effect (2018 Bronze medalists)
Full Measure
United States Mixed Quartets
Vintage Mix (2018 Silver medalists)
Half and Half
Mug Shot
Canadian Mixed Choruses
Mixology A Cappella Chorus
Undercover Mix
United States Mixed Choruses
The Recruits
Good health to everyone! 
MBHA (Mixed Barbershop Harmony Association)
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BinG-Statement zum aktuellen Stand (COVID-19)

11. März 2020                                          

DEUTSCH (English Version below)

Verschiebung des Barbershop Musikfestivals 2020

Liebe Besucher*innen, liebe Teilnehmer*innen, liebe Mitglieder,

zu unserem großen Bedauern findet das Barbershop Musikfestival in der geplanten und angekündigten Art nicht stattWir arbeiten derzeit mit Hochdruck daran, einen Ersatztermin zu finden. Diesen werden wir euch so schnell wie möglich mitteilen. Wir hoffen auf Euer Verständnis, dass dies gegebenenfalls ein paar Tage dauern kann, da wir hierfür mit den Veranstaltungsorten und einer Vielzahl weiterer Vertragspartner Lösungen erarbeiten müssen.

Da wir versuchen die Veranstaltung in ihrer bisher geplanten Form als Ganzes zu verschieben, bitten wir euch Hotel, Flug und Zug nicht sofort zu stornieren, sondern auf den konkreten Termin zu warten, da ihr euch so im Optimalfall Kosten spart. Ihr solltet aber gegebenenfalls schon einmal mit den Hotels und Fluggesellschaften Kontakt aufnehmen und eure Optionen klären. Die Deutsche Bahn sollte in diesem Fall die gesamten Kosten erstatten. Infos hierzu findet ihr hier.

Wir wissen, dass eine Teilnahme zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt für manche gegebenenfalls nicht möglich sein wird und etwa für Hotel und Anreise Kosten entstanden sind, die nicht erstattet werden können. Zugleich sehen wir uns in der gesellschaftlichen und sozialen Verantwortung keinen Anlass für womöglich Infektionsrisiko steigernde Reisen zu dem aktuellen Zeitpunkt der Pandemie durch unsere Veranstaltung zu geben. Hiermit möchten wir unseren Beitrag zum Schutz der Gesundheit unserer Teilnehmer*innen und Besucher*innen zu leisten. Daher sehen wir auch davon ab, die Veranstaltung in einer anderen, möglicherweise erlaubten Form durchzuführen.

Registrierungen und Besuchertickets behalten für Ersatzveranstaltungen ihre Gültigkeit.

Bleibt gesund.

Der Vorstand

Maximilian Hilz, Lucas Bitzer, Silke Ostendarp, Constanze Jäger, Julia Moldenhauer

BinG! Barbershop in Germany e.V.

Informationen zum aktuellen Stand der COVID-19-Pandemie erhaltet Ihr hier:

Weltgesundheitsorganisation   ▪   Robert-Koch-Institut ▪   Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   ▪   Bundeszentrale für Gesundheitliche Aufklärung   ▪   Bundesgesundheitsministerium   ▪   Stadt Dortmund

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BinG Statement on the Current Status (COVID-19)

11.03.2020

ENGLISH

Postponement of the Barbershop Music Festival 2020

Dear Visitors, dear Participants, dear Members,

to our sincere regret the Barbershop Music Festival will not take place in the planned and announced way. We are currently making every effort to find an alternative date. This we will communicate as soon as possible. We hope for your understanding that this may take a few days, as we have to work out solutions with the venues and many other contract partners.

As we try to postpone the event as a whole, we ask you not to cancel your hotel, flight and train immediately, but to wait for the actual date, as this could possibly save you money. You should, however, contact the hotels and airlines and clarify your options. If you booked a ticket with Deutsche Bahn (German railways), they should reimburse the entire costs. You can find more information here.

We are aware that some of you may not be able to participate at a later date and that hotel and travel costs may have been incurred which cannot be reimbursed. However, we do feel that it is our social responsibility to decrease the risk of infection by cancelling our event at the current time of the pandemic. With this, we would like to make our contribution to protecting the health of our participants and visitors. Therefore we will not conduct the event in any other, possibly permitted manner.

Registrations and visitor tickets remain valid for substitute events.

Stay healthy.

The Board of Directors

Maximilian Hilz, Lucas Bitzer, Silke Ostendarp, Constanze Jäger, Julia Moldenhauer

BinG! Barbershop in Germany e.V.

Information on the current status of COVID-19 can be found here:

World Health Organization   ▪   Robert Koch Institute (German Center for Disease Control)   ▪

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USA)  ▪   German Federal Ministry of Health   ▪

German Federal Centre for Health Education   ▪   City of Dortmund

Sheryl Berlin

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