- Jan 27, 2003
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- Columbus, OH
Bret, I think it would be very irresponsible to hold an ASL tournament in 2020. Social distancing is not possible with ASL and the game requires people to sit opposite each other very close together and breathe in your opponent's direction, while touching many of the same game pieces, for hours at a time, and days at a time. If even a single person comes in with the coronavirus, that person has a very good chance of infecting dozens of people through the course of the event.At this point, my fundamental belief is if we are willing to host, then it is up to attendees to determine if they want to take the risk of attending. In a perfect world, I would like to come to a conclusion in June if possible, although if we stay on, we will always be at risk of cancellation if restrictions back slide in the fall unfortunately.
Thanks for any thoughts...
Moreover, those people will leave and go home and infect other people.
Look what is happening in churches: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6920e2.htm
ASLOK 2020 would have been my 20th ASLOK and my 20th in a row. But I would not go this year if it were held (which I hope it would not be), because I could easily become infected and possibly spread the virus to others before I even knew it. I will hate like heck to miss it, but it's the only rational thing to do. Long public events in close quarters in closed spaces are just dangerous right now.
Reach out to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and ask them if they think it would be wise to hold such an event in early October. I can't imagine they would want you to do so.
We have a responsibility not only to ourselves and to our loved ones but to the general public as well.