Coronavirus, known more formally as COVID-19, was a virus (of the coronavirus group of viruses) that became a worldwide pandemic in 2020, forcing major changes to the operations of Toastmasters International and Founders District. In our District, all physical meetings were cancelled and many clubs went completely online. Contests at the Area, Division and District level were postponed and held online only, unless they had already been held beforehand. Toastmasters International notified members that extra time would be allowed for payment of dues.
The coronavirus situation required that many Toastmasters procedures be altered. For example, Toastmasters International quickly came out with altered rules for online contests. Other changes may be found elsewhere in this wiki under the relevant topic.
In our District, clubs generally ceased to meet in person in March 2020, and at the District Conference in May 2021, the District had a keynote speaker explaining how to do hybrid meetings. It was anticipated that later in 2021, many clubs would begin to hold hybrid meetings.