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Discussion: US opening up guidelines and orienteering

in: Orienteering; General

Apr 20, 2020 4:30 AM # 
rlindzon:
Phase One:
All elderly individuals should continue to shelter in place.
All individuals, WHEN IN PUBLIC (e.g., parks, outdoor recreation areas, shopping areas), should maximize physical distance from others. Social settings of more than 10 people, where appropriate distancing may not be practical, should be avoided unless precautionary measures are observed.
MINIMIZE NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL

Phase Two:
All elderly individuals should continue to shelter in place.
All individuals, WHEN IN PUBLIC (e.g., parks, outdoor recreation areas, shopping areas), should maximize physical distance from others. Social settings of more than 50 people, where appropriate distancing may not be practical, should be avoided unless precautionary measures are observed.
NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL can resume.

Phase Three:
Elderly indviduals can resume public interactions, but should practice physical distancing, minimizing exposure to social settings where distancing may not be practical, unless precautionary measures are observed.
LOW-RISK POPULATIONS should consider minimizing time spent in crowded environments.

(All caps are theirs, not mine.)

So for states that implement the guidelines, Phase One may allow for some smaller local events, with modified start and download procedures. A and B events might be possible in Phase Two, but with considerable modification to start procedures (e.g., largely unmanned starts with a clock, just one start line, individuals lining up and starting one at a time on, say, 15 second intervals). It would take Phase Three for orienteering to largely go back to normal, but with modified procedures for elderly individuals (70+?).

(I hope to be able to do the Buffalo Map Adventure, which I just saw announced, in late July on a bike. Perhaps it can be held in Phase Two with slight modification such as without a mass start.)
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Apr 20, 2020 6:52 AM # 
o-maps:
Citation?
Apr 20, 2020 7:56 AM # 
rlindzon:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/
Apr 20, 2020 10:07 AM # 
o-maps:
Thanks. Wasn't doubting it, just wanted to see the source.
Apr 20, 2020 12:30 PM # 
GHOSLO:
Ralph, re attending the Buffalo Map Adventure and other trips across the border to the US.
I guess you didn't hear the loud national sigh of relief the other day. The one when Trudeau announced that contrary to the wishes of the US president, the border would stay closed for another month. It really seems unlikely that the Canadian general public should be able to make day-trips to the centre of the epidemic in July.
Apr 20, 2020 12:55 PM # 
rlindzon:
I certainly did. However, I understand the epicentre is very much the New York City area rather than Buffalo or the state as a whole. Reopenings under the guidelines are not necessarily statewide. If areas like Buffalo are, in fact, able to progress to Phase 2, that can change the border crossing assessments, although we still have the Detroit problem.
Apr 20, 2020 1:17 PM # 
rlindzon:
Some developments on the vaccine front even while clinical trials are at an early stage. Moderna, which was the first company to start human trials of a Covid-19 vaccine using a messenger RNA platform, received a grant of up to $483 million from the US government last week to gear up to start manufacturing the vaccine 24/7 ASAP. A vaccine developed at Oxford is also going into commercial production.
Apr 20, 2020 5:15 PM # 
GHOSLO:
Vaccines? Aren't those the things that cause autism in children?
I hope you are right Ralph but I fear that any advances that have been made in fighting the spread of the virus are being negated by an overly optimistic view that the virus will succumb to bullying.

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