COVID-19: AT HOME RESOURCES FOR ATHLETES, COACHES, CLUB LEADERS AND JUDGES
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March 16, 2020

USA Archery Update on COVID-19 as of March 16th

TO THE USA ARCHERY FAMILY:

USA Archery wants to assure you that your health, safety and well-being is our highest priority. The COVID-19 outbreak situation is rapidly evolving and want to urge all to heed the most recent CDC recommendation against groups over 50 people for the next 8 weeks as of March 15, 2020.

EDIT: 2:55PM 3/16/20 - The White House advises public to avoid groups of more than 10 for 15 days: https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/16/politics/white-house-guidelines-coronavirus/index.html 

USA Archery remains in close contact with World Archery, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and are carefully monitoring the CDC and WHO guidelines and recommendations.

We are communicating with event organizers, club leaders and coaches on the most recent recommendations and are encouraging them to limit unnecessary exposure and put athlete safety at the core of their decision-making process in cancelling and postponing events and gatherings.

In addition, please be aware of the below resources from the CDC and the U.S. Department of State to help reduce your personal risk:

Additional resources can be found with the WHO Coronavirus WebsiteCDC Coronavirus Website. The IOC has also developed specific advice for athletes, including a statement from the IOC Medical and Scientific Director, Dr. Richard Budgett. We encourage you to follow the travelpreventiontesting, and treatment recommendations outlined by the CDC. 

USA Archery will continue to closely monitor the situation and will be in immediate contact should there be any change to the status of our events. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. Be safe and we look forward to seeing you on the field again soon!

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this ever-changing situation.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & FAQ ANSWERS

What advice has USA Archery given to event organizers?

USA Archery is maintaining close contact with all organizers. They are being advised to follow directives are issued from public health authorities, to take increased precautions and postpone or cancel events that will go against medical or governmental advice.

What needs to happen for an event to be cancelled? 

The postponement or cancellation of events is not within the control of hosts, USA Archery or the archery community, but is caused by the ongoing developments as a result of COVID-19 and subsequent decisions made by public health authorities.

At this time, it would be prudent for most events over 50 people to be postponed or cancelled through at least the end of April.

What do I need to do if an event is cancelled?

All participants and officials will be automatically withdrawn in the case of an event cancellation and no further action will be required.

Will I get a refund if an event is cancelled?

If a USA Archery sanctioned event is postponed or cancelled under the direction of a public health authority or government, neither USA Archery, nor the event organizer will be held responsible for the cost of flight tickets, hotel accommodation and/or any other related expenses. Event registration fees will be reimbursed minus any applicable service fees beyond our control.

Event organizers should discuss possible solutions with hotel providers as part of their contingency planning, however members may be liable according to the booking conditions detailed in their reservations.

USA Archery encourages members to consider refundable or changeable flight and hotel bookings in this period of uncertainty.

What preventative/emergency health measures is USA Archery putting into place?

USA Archery will have medical staff at all national-level events. Participants who feel unwell will meet with EMS who will advise on the most recent protocols; likely participants who are ill will be advised to leave the venue.

As always, restrooms and portable restrooms will be serviced regularly. Handwashing stations and/or hand sanitizer will be available throughout event venues. We will enhance cleaning protocols and staff and volunteers who feel unwell will be advised to stay home.

What preventative measures should I take?

If you feel unwell or have the symptoms of COVID-19 – coughing, sneezing, fever, or shortness of breath – seek medical help early. It is your responsibility to help protect the health of others.

Wash your hands frequently - Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and dry them thoroughly: before and after eating/handling food, after using the bathroom, after coughing, sneezing blowing or wiping your own or children’s noses, after touching public surfaces, etc.

Practice respiratory hygiene – cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Disposed of used tissues immediately and appropriately in a bin.

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USA Archery will continue to closely monitor the situation and will share any changes or updates to the status of our events.

 

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