16 MARCH 2020 -- Last week on Friday 13th March 2020, we took the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Tropical 7s event due to the escalating COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. We are thankful for the outreach of support from the many friends of the tournament over the last few days. Please note the following important information related to the cancellation.
OFFICIAL CANCELLATION ANNOUNCEMENT
As requested by several teams, the Tropical 7s has created a PDF version of the cancellation announcement. The PDF has been posted on the website and is available for download HERE.
FURTHER RESTRICTIONS ANNOUNCED
Since making the decision to cancel the event, USA Rugby suspended all sanctioned competitions and activities for a minimum of 30 days effective 13th March 2020, and the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in the USA recommended organizers of events or mass gatherings cancel or postpone events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States for the next 8 weeks effective 15th March 2020. Additional restrictions continue to be imposed by state and national governments severely restricting the movement of people and disrupting travel.
CANCELLATION vs. POSTPONEMENT
While we did consider the option of postponing this year’s event (as opposed to cancelling outright), we felt unable to do so due to the continuing uncertainty of health restrictions, host venue availability as well as team availability. We are therefore giving priority instead to planning for the Tropical 7s in Easter 2021 – with dates confirmed as 2/3 April 2021.
ACCOMMODATION REFUND POLICY
We have confirmed the refund policies for our accommodation partners. Note below the following information regarding cancellation of existing reservations.
TEAM SERVICES REFUND POLICY
All "Team Services" ordered via the Tropical 7s E-Store will be refunded 100% within 30 days using the original payment method that was used to purchase these team services. Paid for team services include team tent rental, airport transfers, pre-purchased food orders and any tourism tickets purchased directly from the E-Store (e.g. Kennedy Space Center). Any items purchased from KGS Tickets should be followed up directly with KGS (+1.321-939-2057, or firstname.lastname@example.org).
MERCHANDISE REFUND POLICY
All pre-ordered Merchandise purchased via the Tropical 7s E-Store will be refunded 100% within 30 days using the original payment method that was used to purchase these team services.
REGISTRATION REFUND POLICY
The Tropical 7s has decided to modify the registration fee refund policy in light of the unique situation presented by this year’s event (note our existing policy that each team accepted at the time of registration is HERE). Given the unprecedented circumstances surrounding the cancellation of the event and in the spirit of goodwill, we wish to offer teams the following options:
We would like to thank again for all of the support we have received over these last days from participating teams, our partners and stakeholders, and the wider rugby community. While this has been a difficult period for the Tropical 7s, we understand it has been extremely challenging for all those involved with our tournament. You have helped make the Tropical 7s into what it is today. We look forward to continuing to improve and grow our event well into the future. We are confident our decision to cancel this year’s tournament was correct and our thoughts remain with all those who are being directly or indirectly affected by the current situation.