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2020 Sports Class Nationals - CANCELLED

 Weeks ago, the contest organizing committee of the Soaring Club of Houston developed a set of criteria for a go/no-go decision regarding the 2020 Sports Class Nationals as related to the Covid 19 Pandemic.  The established criteria included:  1) club members unable or unwilling to volunteer for the contest, 2) governmental decisions which would prohibit gatherings of our size, and 3) nearby hospital capacity.

On July 2nd, the Governor of Texas, in a Proclamation amending the Executive Order GA-28, announced “…effective….July 3…For any outdoor gathering in excess of 10 people, other than those set forth above [in his Executive Order GA-28], in paragraph numbers 1, 2, or 4, the gathering is prohibited unless the….county judge… approves of the gathering….”  We do not think we qualify for the activities listed in 1, 2 and 4, and do not expect that the Waller County Judge would make an exception for our contest/gathering.  We have been following the governmental restrictions carefully, and until July 3, Waller County and Texas allowed outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people. There were some other restrictions as well (face masks, social distancing, etc.) and we were comfortable with our ability to comply with those restrictions.   

Unfortunately, with this latest proclamation, and with the deteriorating Covid-19 situation in the Houston area (from which we draw most of our volunteers), the criteria for a no-go decision have been met and the risks to the Soaring Club of Houston have risen to a point where it is no longer reasonable for us to continue with the contest.  Therefore, as Contest Manager, and on behalf of the Soaring Club of Houston, we must cancel the 2020 Sports Class Nationals.  All deposits will be returned, unless they are donated to help defray expenses already incurred.

We are certainly disappointed with this turn of events. Hopefully we will see you here next year. Please stay safe.

Regards,

Michelle Sorenson

Posted: 7/4/2020 By: General News


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