Updated 5 May, 2020
Dear CTSS Vendors and Friends,
We have been continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Chicago, and more broadly around the United States, and are evaluating the information in the context of holding this year’s Chicago Toy Soldier Show. Below is some of the feedback we have received from your fellow vendors, in addition to the latest information from Cook County and the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg.
*We have been fortunate to correspond with 20% of our CTSS vendors. Their three top points in priority were:
1. They appreciate the communication from CTSS and ask that we please continue to communicate. (Of course, we will.)
2. They will wait to see and will attend if safe and reasonable.
3a. They are concerned that air travel bans may lower attendance.
3b. They are concerned for the health of others.
* The Village of Schaumburg (Cook County), the City of Chicago, and State of Illinois are continuing to follow Gov. Pritzker’s Modified Stay at Home Order.
The modified order went into effect May 1 and will continue to May 30. (Illinois COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 30.)
Chicago and Cook County are currently peaking in Covid-19 cases. Although the Illinois Department of Health hopes that the curve will begin to flatten, the pandemic crest may continue into mid-May (Chic. Sun-Times, 1 May ’20)
*From Melissa Bennett, Director of Events, Hyatt Regency Schaumburg:
In light of the quickly evolving situation, and with enhanced travel restrictions in place for the Village of Schaumburg, Cook County, State of Illinois, and the Federal Government, in an effort to further care for the well-being of our guests, colleagues, and communities, in the interest of responsible hotel/business operations, Hyatt Regency Schaumburg will temporarily cease normal hotel operations until June 30, 2020.
Please stay safe and stay positive. We will be in regular communication with updates.
Jan, Roger, and the CTSS Family