As I suggested in my 5/1/20 post, the news is confirmed: I will not be attending any of the planned summer book signings...
Romance Rendezvous Book Blast
Royal Readers at Mall of America
Mayhem in the Midwest
Bummer. Big stinking bummer.
The request is that this healthcare organization's employees not travel until the end of summer unless it's absolutely necessary, and if folks do have to travel that they not do activities in groups more than 10 people. For about a second, I had considered doing the signings but not letting my employer know. But in good faith, I cannot do an action that might put my family, my patients, and myself at undue risk of exposure. I am a front-line healthcare worker, seeing patients in the clinic, labor/delivery, and the inpatient medicine/ICU floor. While I take every precaution with PPE and have (knock wood) remained healthy, my job does put me at a higher risk of exposure. Even if I had no symptoms, I could still pass an illness along to someone if I was not taking the precautions like when I'm in the hospital -- and I don't think anyone wants me to do a book signing in full PPE. :) (Though I suppose it would be a unique conversation starter!)
Big thanks to the organizers of these events and their understanding. And readers, stick with me -- when I can do book signings again, we are going to have such an amazing time!
Author, daydreamer, and practitioner of trying very hard to duct tape folks together and help when I can.