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UPDATE - U.S. Figure Skating coronavirus statement
March 15, 2020

Dear Members,

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic affects our everyday lives, U.S. Figure Skating wants to assure you that the health and well-being of our athletes, members and figure skating community continues to be paramount.

As many of the nation’s public and private school systems, businesses and other entities have elected to take a “pause,” U.S. Figure Skating canceled on Friday all its national programs and events through mid-April (click here).  Furthermore, U.S. Figure Skating strongly recommends that all club events and programs (competitions, test sessions, shows, etc.) are canceled or postponed through at least April 12.  U.S. Figure Skating will continue to evaluate this rapidly evolving situation and provide updates as warranted. Qualifying procedures for such programs as Excel and Solo Dance also will be reevaluated during this time, as well as a decision on the status of Governing Council scheduled April 29 – May 2 in Las Vegas.   

While we understand how these disruptions affect our figure skating community, the health and well-being of our figure skating community is the highest priority. With that in mind, please review these CDC recommendations to minimize the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19):
  • Stay home if you are sick; do not come to the ice rink and club.
  • Avoid getting closer than 6 feet to anyone coughing or sneezing. 
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds (sing the “ABC song”) or use hand sanitizer that has at least 65% alcohol.
    • This is especially important after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or inside your elbow if you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash, and then wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly.
  • Monitor the WHO and CDC websites for travel advisories and follow their recommendations.
For more information:
CDC Summary
WHO Advice for the Public
 
If you have any questions, please email info@usfigureskating.org. As this is an evolving situation, we will communicate any updates via e-blasts and in the NEWS section of our website – www.usfigureskating.org/news

These are trying times, but we have every confidence that our figure skating community will continue to support one another as we navigate these uncharted waters. We want to thank each of you for your diligence and understanding and look forward to when a sense of normalcy returns.

Sincerely,
Anne Cammett
President
 
David Raith
Executive Director
 
 
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