With the coronavirus continuing its spread in the United States and with USA Climbing’s event season in full swing, we felt it would be helpful to give an update on USA Climbing’s preparations and plans as it stands today.
Per the current guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), with no reported cases in the communities for upcoming National level events, we are not recommending rescheduling or canceling the following events at this time:
- Sport and Speed Open National Championships in Salt Lake City, UT
- Paraclimbing National Championships in San Diego, CA
- Collegiate National Championships in Denver, CO
For the upcoming Collegiate Regionals, only one event is in a location with a significant number of confirmed cases–Redmond, Washington. USA Climbing is in contact with the local health department and per their guidance are recommending this event, along with all other Collegiate Regionals, proceed as planned.
For the upcoming Youth Sport and Speed Season, we will continue to monitor the locations of Regionals, Divisionals, and the National Championships and will work closely with the Regional Coordinators, Host Facilities, and local health departments in those areas where confirmed outbreaks are present.
For all events, USA Climbing is recommending athletes and spectators use prevention strategies as outlined by the CDC to stop the spread of the virus. Such as:
- Staying at home if there are any signs of sickness. Infecting your fellow competitors or the community is not worth the risk if you are unsure or have not been tested.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.
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We recommend our Gym Members continue to monitor the situation in their respective areas, consults with local health departments, and take additional precautions. As is always good practice climbers should avoid contact with their mouth, nose, eyes, etc., while climbing and wash their hands immediately after their session.
USA Climbing will continue to actively monitor the situation as it develops and may take additional actions as necessary up to and including canceling one or more events, modifying certain competition rules on a temporary basis, or asking a competitor, spectator, or volunteer to leave an event if there are concerns related to the virus. Finally, in an effort to minimize the spread of the virus among competitors, USA Climbing will reimburse the costs of event registration for those who choose not to compete due to sickness. We ask that members share with us any developing updates from their home regions via email at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add this information to the official information sources we are accessing.
That said, and while the coronavirus presents important health challenges, it also provides us an opportunity to support our community. I have every confidence that our community will shine in this challenging moment. Every member of our community is committed to an ethic of care and respect for one another. Now is the time we demonstrate that commitment by our choices and actions.
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