|Avoid large gatherings, they are telling us. Hmm..... what about....?|
- Here in Iowa the big three universities, Iowa, Iowa State, and UNI, are closing up shop for two weeks after spring break. Total of three weeks.
- Grinnell College is sending all their students home when spring break starts and conducting classes via on-line for the remainder of the semester.
- Waterloo Iowa cancelled the annual Irish Fest which takes place the first week of August.
I'm not going to take sides here on the veracity of the reasons for all of this, but all I do know is that there are actions being taken to reduce large gatherings of people, and some big gravel events have just that. I also know that ideas from colleges holding basketball games with no audiences, having auto and moto racing events postponed and cancelled, and that reduced media contact with athletes are all real things or considered for reality. The NBA suspended the remainder of the 2020 season just last night. Heck, even Sea Otter, the cycling festival, got pushed off until October. But I'm not hearing or seeing anything about the big gravel events. This seems......odd.
These are strange times folks. I have no answers, but I think its high time we start looking at what might be best practice for something like a gravel event where people from all over the U.S. and abroad are gathering in one place within close proximity of each other. Is it a problem, or are we just overreacting?
Whichever way it is, I think the conversation needs to be started.