We are planning on holding MountainMoot in person in Helena, MT on July 14-16, 2021. We also plan on live-streaming some or all of the sessions for those who are unable to attend in person. At this time both Chief Mootineers Dan and Ryan have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and will be considered "fully vaccinated" by the end of April. Most faculty at Carroll College will be in this category on similar timelines. Unless there are unexpected changes in the efficacy of these vaccines in context of new Covid-19 variants, we feel confident that many attendees will be fully vaccinated by mid-July.
We will conduct our event in accordance with all federal, state, and local regulations regardless of the vaccination status of any organizers or attendees. As of March 20, 2021, we are planning on adhering to the Lewis and Clark County Guidelines for events during Covid-19. This means that unless the Lewis and Clark County guidelines change before the date of the event, we will limit physical attendance, require masks, and maintain physical distancing according to our local health department guidelines. We are optimistic that we will be able to have looser restrictions by the time the event goes live, but for the time being our plans include the restrictions linked above.
In the event that the Covid-19 situation changes at the local, state, or national level due to vaccine shortages, introduction of more virulent Covid-19 variants, or other factors, we will conduct the conference fully online as we did in 2020. We are building the infrastructure for this conference to accommodate both virtual and live attendees and expect that we can provide and excellent experience for both local and distance attendees. As one of the first fully online conferences in the wake of the pandemic, we are proud of the level of intellectual and social engagement the MountainMoot community achieved. We believe we can do even better this year.