Forbes has reportedly canceled a plan for 75 people to share a "bubble" in Bermuda after the month-long residency event during the still-raging coronavirus pandemic came under fire on social media.
Business Insider reported the get-together for Forbes' 30 Under 30 honorees was set to start March 1, when guests could "work all day, and then network, engage in live programming, and have incredible fun on nights and weekends."
In a frequently-asked-questions document obtained by BI, attendees were told they would be required to be in a bubble where they only interacted with each other, and Forbes would implement "state-of-the-art testing, quarantine, and bubble protocols that rival anything in the world."
"In a time of global chaos, when things feel so monotonous and gloomy, Forbes has decided to undertake something unprecedented, something amazing, something magical for our 30 Under 30 nominees," the online application to join the trip reads.
The trip was revealed Sunday by BuzzFeed creative director Rachel Zarrell — and Monday, the bubble idea burst.
"We wanted to find a way, with the help of the government of Bermuda, to create a protocol that could allow us to come together and build a community in a safe way that also serves as a model for the world," Forbes' chief communications officer Matthew Hutchison said in a statement, BI reported.
"We're not proceeding with this initiative, but we are committed to tapping into the brainpower of our global community, partnering with others and demonstrating a path forward."
According to Zarrell, the trip was announced in a Slack channel for Forbes' 30 Under 30 honorees. Those who wished to attend were required to submit an application online to ensure "the exact right mix and balance of enthusiastic participants," the FAQ reads.
The response to Zarrell's tweet thread got a mixed reaction — from doubts about the timing, to enthusiasm for bringing tourism to the island.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classifies traveling to Bermuda as a level-4 risk for contracting COVID-19, and recommends avoiding all travel there.
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