The answer to my question may be forthcoming this year as the congress - this year would be the 100th edition - is seriously endangered.
One option being touted by John Ashworth, chief executive of the congress's newish sponsor Caplin, is a
In an interview with Phil Makepeace of The Chess Pit, Ashworth talks of a covid "second wave," being "exceptionally cautious" and claims the vast majority of Hastings participants are in the "higher-risk category."
This is described on the congress website as "extremely positive."
The organising committee of Hastings International Chess Congress meets this Saturday, in person or virtually, to decide if a proper congress will go ahead for 2020-21.
If England were part of continental Europe, I have little doubt such a prestigious event would be held more-or-less as normal.
But this is England ...