A few minutes ago, I announced to the ISO C++ committee that all our meetings originally planned for 2020 have been postponed. We had already postponed the Varna meeting originally planned for June 1-6, and earlier today INCITS (the U.S. national body) announced that it was banning all face-to-face standards meetings for the rest of the year, so we are also postponing the New York meeting previously planned for November 9-14. We deeply appreciate all the work the Varna and New York hosts have put into planning to have us in town, and we still look forward to meeting there as soon as it is safe to do so.
The meeting after that is currently still planned in Kona for February 22-27, but that too is now under review as we monitor developments including any possible further ISO or INCITS meeting ban extensions. We will not meet unless we are permitted to do so and can be confident we can meet safely.
It still feels surreal that in just one week from now we would all have been traveling to Bulgaria for the first meeting of C++23. But that was in a different world, and reality and facts matter. In the meantime, the ISO C++ committee and the C++ community have been moving online, with more ISO subgroup meetings already working on C++23 features and more C++ community events taking place in wonderful locations called “Zoom” and “YouTube Live,” instead of in Varna and New York, at least for now. Thank you again to everyone who is organizing those meetings and events for us, including the recent Pure Virtual C++ online event and the upcoming C++ Europe and C++ Russia and C++ on Sea online conferences, and still more to come!
Stay safe, everyone. We hope that you and your loved ones are holding up well and that we’ll be able to see each other again soon.