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  • Topic created by Gillettejw on Thu Nov 19, 2020 at 10:45 am
    John Gillette (Gillettejw)
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    Club Members

    As many of you are tracking, the current COVID-19 Environment has taken a turn for the worse in the past week.  Effective this Friday, the Pennsylvania Governor has enacted travel restrictions for out-of-state visitors to help curb the expansion of the virus within the state.  At a DVOA Board meeting last night we discussed the current events and our schedule and are taking the following actions:

    1) We are reaching out to the Parks for McKaig, Green Lane, and Tyler to ensure that permissions remain in place and to ensure that there are no additional restrictions (participant limits)
    2) We have reached out to the event directors to have them add the state restrictions for out of state travelers to the DVOA Schedule Page and to the Event Registration Page.
    3) We have asked event directors to verify Volunteers ahead of the event to ensure that we have sufficient people to safely run the event in a socially distanced manner.

    Our people are our most valuable resource and it is out of an abundance of caution that we take these steps to allow us to make decisions on hosting the event safely, or postponing, or canceling the event.  

    What can you do?

    At the event comply with social distancing to protect others.  When in the registration and download area, wear your mask properly, covering your mouth and nose.    Keep your mask handy so that you can have your mask on when you download.  Too often we see participants who cover their face with their hand, map, or t-shirt instead of securing their mask properly on their face at download.  This places our volunteers at risk.

    In the short term, participants can volunteer with the event directors to keep our events running.  The out-of-state restrictions and the increased risk of infection to our older club members will mean that many of us who run the computer, staff the start point, and check registration will not be available to administer the event. Tohost events safely, we must have volunteers and we are appealing to all club members to step forward to allow our events to continue.

    This has been a heck of a year thus far, and as we enter the last month, I am am thankful for the resiliance and innovation of our club members to still safely host events during the pandemic.  In a future post I will share our plans to host a virtual winter meeting and to continue to schedule and run events. 

    Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and continued health and safety.

    v/r
    John
    DVOA President 
  • Reply by Steve on Thu Nov 19, 2020 at 12:46 pm
    Steve Aronson (Steve)
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    Green Lane has been postponed. All of our members are valued competitors, and as such deserve a chance to run in our events, not just the PA residents.
  • Reply by alenka0000 on Thu Nov 19, 2020 at 1:44 pm
    Lena Kushleyeva (alenka0000)
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    Tyler is postponed as well.
  • Reply by Guy-O on Fri Nov 20, 2020 at 6:16 am
    Guy Olsen (Guy-O)
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    And these restrictions on out-of-state people are...?

    (AFAIK, NJ has exempted people in surrounding states from quarantine reqmts)
  • Reply by shiatsuron on Fri Nov 20, 2020 at 8:54 am
    Ron Barron (shiatsuron)
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    Latest PA restrictions are something like... If you are traveling into the state of PA, from anywhere, except for work or medical reasons, you must either quarentine or have a current negative CV19 test.

    I don't recall there being any location exemptions.
  • Reply by furlong47 on Fri Nov 20, 2020 at 11:13 pm
    Julie Keim (furlong47)
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    That is correct. You need either a negative test within 72 hours before entering the state or else you need to self-quarantine for 14 days. This applies whether you are a visitor from another state or a PA resident returning after travel to another state. (Hence why you should not be seeing any of us PA folks at the HVO event... even if NJ rules allow us to come to your state.)
  • Reply by Guy-O on Mon Nov 23, 2020 at 1:47 am
    Guy Olsen (Guy-O)
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    So after visiting NJ for a few hours, all of which were in your own car, or outdoors, you're expected to quarantine?

    Doesn't seem fair, given that NJ people could come to a PA event, then leave without a similar restriction...
  • Reply by furlong47 on Mon Nov 23, 2020 at 9:26 am
    Julie Keim (furlong47)
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    They couldn't, though. These restrictions apply to you or anybody else entering PA from NJ or any other state. Negative test or immediate quarantine for 14 days upon your arrival - that would be before proceeding to any event. Given there's no real active enforcement, could you slip through? Probably. But organizations should not be encouraging individuals to flout health department directives in order to attend events that are not essential. It's *supposed* to be a giant hassle. The point is to limit interstate travel and get people to stay home without imposing another business/economic shutdown. 
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