Hello Everyone! I hope you are all healthy and staying safe.
It looks like we will be dealing with COVID-19 For some time to come. This is the impact it will have on our Club and Bridge:
ACBL Guidelines for reopening clubs in the face of COVID 19 remain unchanged and basically state that until “Social Distancing” stops being included in the instruction to reduce COVID 19 spread, no bridge club can afford to open for face to face bridge. Governmental (CDC) guidelines for social distancing state that “To practice social or physical distancing stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.” ACBL has cancelled ALL face to face tournaments through the end of 2020.
While we will be discussing re-opening at the next Board Meeting in September, I have NO expectation to hold Bridge Games at the Club until after 01 January 2021. We will distribute a copy of the Board Meeting minutes by Email to all our members in early October after they have been created and approved by the Board. The minutes will also be posted to the Website. Please check the Minutes for any updates.
We have managed to minimize our fixed costs such as rent, electric, gas, water, internet/phone, insurance, etc. and are saving money on snacks, drinks, and the cleaning person. The Virtual Club Online Games have been an excellent source of revenue for us. The money we are collecting because many of you are supporting these online games is more than enough to cover our costs and improve our checking account balance. Please check the Treasurer’s Report in the September Board Meeting Minutes for the numbers on where we stand to date.
WHEN we decide to re-open the Club, we will have the entire building thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. When we do re-open, we will fully comply with the COVID-19 requirements as they stand at that time. If it requires us to take temperatures at the door, to provide face masks, to provide sanitizing wipes, etc., we will do that in order to keep you all safe!
The September Board Meeting will be held at 9:00 AM on 17 September and will be a “Virtual” Meeting held via ZOOM. If any of you would like to “attend” or propose an item for the agenda, please contact me by Email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone me at (717) 877-5596.
STAY HEALTHY !