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The Region 6 Gymnastics Community Response to COVID-19

Region 6 Gymnastics,

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is going to impact our strong gymnastics community. Throughout this ordeal, there will be disappointed gymnasts, parents struggling to find care for their children and businesses that have to close or downsize their operations. The toll that this public health situation will have on the community at large will be great and is dynamic and unpredictable.

Across the northeast and the rest of the country there will be countless gym closures. At this time, it is difficult to say to what extent these closures will have on the remaining season, summer scheduling, and the employees that work at these facilities.

Wages will be lost, gyms will struggle to maintain their bottom line, athletes will not be able prepare for the upcoming season, and parents will have to work from home while their kids are unable to receive healthy and needed exercise and supervision. 

The time schedule for these changes is uncertain. In the case that this crisis gets worse, gyms may have to remain closed for weeks or more.

Please continue to support and stick by the small businesses that keep our gymnastics communities strong. The way that we handle this situation now and as a community will help these gyms remain in business and will keep gymnastics a viable sport across the country.

Perhaps the following list of things will help member clubs prepare and maintain their status in our community:

1. Continue to keep your athletes enrolled in their gymnastics program
2. Create a GoFundMe page to help your member club
3. Volunteer time when asked to help get the club back in order when the time comes
4. Participate in events that have been postponed if and when they are offered
5. Encourage your children do strength and flexibility exercises at home
6. Be flexible in terms of spring and summer sessions so that make up classes can be offered when the club returns to full operations
7. Donate cleaning supplies so the gym can be as clean as possible during any continuing activities
8. Communicate any disruptions in membership carefully and completely with the gym owner so that they can anticipate enrollment changes
9. Keep your gymnasts clean, washed and healthy if they are continuing their training at the facility
10. Be flexible as business owners try to reallocate monthly fees and offer other services or events that will replace services that have been lost
11. Be patient. 

Gymnastics is not about routines, skills and medals. It is about community. A community of people with common goals, interests and concerns. Gymnastics provides a scaffolding for social interaction, sharing of similar interests, health and wellness, and belongingness.

We all belong to the Region 6 gymnastics community. We are all in this together.

We will all get through this together.

Please feel free to reach out to me anytime.  
617-285-0406  
dan_young5@comcast.net. 

I may not be able to help, but I will always listen. 

All the best,

Daniel Young, Sc.D.
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Dear Region 6 Men’s Gymnastics Members,

Like many of you, we have become increasingly concerned with how the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation could affect our community. Please know that the health and well-being of our athletes and community continues to be Region 6’s top priority. 

With that in mind, and based on the recommendations of USA Gymnastics and other health organizations we have postponed the Region 6 Men’s Gymnastics Championships for Optional Levels until further notice.

In the event that the status of the current health crisis changes, we will do our best to hold this event at a later date.  

At this time, the JO National Championships is still scheduled to be held.  More information regarding qualification procedures into this event and allotments will be sent to the community when it is finalized and made available.  In the event that this event is cancelled, information will be distributed as soon as it is available.  

The Region 6 Men’s Gymnastics Championships for Compulsory Levels is scheduled for April 18th and 19th at Westfield State University.  At this point, this meet is still scheduled and the sanction for this event is still valid.  If the health climate changes for the better, this competition may be held.  It is far to dynamic a situation to give a final decision on whether this meet will be held, however, as of April 1st the decision will be made to either hold the event or postpone until further notice.   

The other aspect of this situation is the threat of gym closures and businesses losing clientele.  The “Member Services” department at USA Gymnastics as well as other consulting firms such as 3rd Level Consulting can be of service to help provide guidance as to how to move forward as a business owner.  

Many businesses have business interruption insurance.  Now is the time to contact your insurance agent to review your policy and understand precisely what you are and are not covered for in the event of an extended incident.  It is critical to communicate with your customer base regarding the status of your operation, the protective measures you are implementing and how your clientele will be protected if and when they choose to return to activity.  

The following suggestions have been made by the Center of Disease Control regarding guidance for businesses and employers:

  • Actively encourage sick employees to stay home: 
    • Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.
    • Ensure that your sick leave policies are flexible and consistent with public health guidance and that employees are aware of these policies.
    • Talk with companies that provide your business with contract or temporary employees about the importance of sick employees staying home and encourage them to develop non-punitive leave policies.
    • Do not require a healthcare provider’s note for employees who are sick with acute respiratory illness to validate their illness or to return to work, as healthcare provider offices and medical facilities may be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely way.
    • Employers should maintain flexible policies that permit employees to stay home to care for a sick family member. Employers should be aware that more employees may need to stay at home to care for sick children or other sick family members than is usual.
  •  Separate sick employees:
    • CDC recommends that employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work or become sick during the day should be separated from other employees and be sent home immediately. Sick employees should cover their noses and mouths with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available).
  • Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees: 
    • Place posters that encourage staying home when sickcough and sneeze etiquette, and hand hygiene at the entrance to your workplace and in other workplace areas where they are likely to be seen.
    • Provide tissues and no-touch disposal receptacles for use by employees.
    • Instruct employees to clean their hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol, or wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.
    • Provide soap and water and alcohol-based hand rubs in the workplace. Ensure that adequate supplies are maintained. Place hand rubs in multiple locations or in conference rooms to encourage hand hygiene.
    • Visit the coughing and sneezing etiquette and clean hands webpage for more information.

 

  • Perform routine environmental cleaning:
    • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.
    • No additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning is recommended at this time.
    • Provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (for example, doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks) can be wiped down by employees before each use.

 

  • Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps:
    • Check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations for each country to which you will travel. Specific travel information for travelers going to and returning from China, and information for aircrew, can be found at on the CDC website.
    • Advise employees to check themselves for symptoms of acute respiratory illness before starting travel and notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.
    • Ensure employees who become sick while traveling or on temporary assignment understand that they should notify their supervisor and should promptly call a healthcare provider for advice if needed.
    • If outside the United States, sick employees should follow your company’s policy for obtaining medical care or contact a healthcare provider or overseas medical assistance company to assist them with finding an appropriate healthcare provider in that country. A U.S. consular officer can help locate healthcare services. However, U.S. embassies, consulates, and military facilities do not have the legal authority, capability, and resources to evacuate or give medicines, vaccines, or medical care to private U.S. citizens overseas.

 

  • Additional Measures in Response to Currently Occurring Sporadic Importations of the COVID-19:
    • Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.
    • If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, employers should inform fellow employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employees exposed to a co-worker with confirmed COVID-19 should refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.

If you are continuing to hold classes the following is a list of actions your business can choose to take to help reduce the spread of this virus: 

  1. Consider hiring a cleaning service to clean and sanitize your facility
  2. Disinfect all equipment and common areas as needed
  3. Do NOT send sick children to the Gym!  Perhaps amend make up policies to reflect this concern.
  4. Have all individuals (coaches and athletes alike) wash/sanitize their hands before during and after each class.
  5. Keep the number of people in the gym to a minimum.  

 

The following information is meant as a guide for member club owners who are concerned about their businesses.  This information was compiled by Compiled by Frank Sahlein, CEO – 3rd Level Consulting

First, issue your own company statement to your customer base. They want and need to be reassured that (a) we are paying attention to the national and local health authority’s guidance; (b) our daily, weekly and monthly cleaning policies are the most that they can be, and above industry standard; and (c) our staff have been instructed to report any flu-like symptoms to us immediately. The overall message is to consistently issue POLITE, POSITIVE, PROACTIVE POSTS to your web site, Facebook page, eNewsletter and in-facility messaging boards. 

Second - Prepare for a possible mandatory closing of 2-4 weeks via several methods. (A) check with your insurance agent to see if this type of case is covered by your business interruption clause. However, it is not likely that you are covered due to the previous SARS outbreak – insurers tightened up any loopholes at that time. (B) If this does happen (and we all hope not!), then alert your staff that all of their jobs are secure upon reopening, and that full time or salaried staff can use the time to RAMP UP THEIR EDUCATION! 3rd Level Consulting has a wide range of SmartEDGE Resouces courses and apps. (C) It's also a good time to revisit all of your company strategies and systems. 

Third - It would be a great time to revisit your entire RiskSmart Success Steps per the SmartEDGE systems! If you are a www.3rdLevelConsulting.com client, refer to your 3rd Level SmartEDGE Resources Library for extensive documents in all 8 of these RiskSmart areas! 

 

COVID-19, like other human coronaviruses, has symptoms similar to the common cold or flu. Some people experience mild illness while others become very sick. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. 

Fever
Cough
Shortness of breath 

Fourth – We are ALL in this together.

  • talk to insurance company 
  • meet with local health about protocols 
  • reach out to landlords 
  • meet with the bank 
  • meet with the staff 
  • communicate with parents 
  • strategize the challenges before, during and after this crisis 

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), an organization of 67,000 pediatricians dedicated to the health of all kids, is closely monitoring the virus and has made the following recommendations for staying well. These recommendations have also been endorsed by the CDC, Oregon Health Authority, and other public health experts. 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you cannot wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% of alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick or becoming sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue (not your hands) and throw the tissue in the trash.
    Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Consider having your gym professionally cleaned every night, which includes deep cleaning and sanitization. Focus on high use areas and surfaces.
Have sanitization stations throughout the gym and cleaning supplies onsite that staff use to do additional disinfection throughout the day. 

Remove shared toys and books from the lobbies to help prevent the spread of germs. Clean and disinfect all props and materials used for gymnastics classes, Preschool Play, After School Care, and camps.
Have staff exercising diligent hand washing practices. Have extra coaches available at all times so that staff are able to stay home when they are sick or becoming sick. 

Offer makeup classes and open gym credits so that families can keep their children home when they are sick. 

Ask all families to exercise good hygiene practices and keep your child home from class if they are experiencing symptoms of a cold, flu, or other illness. 

Have clients contact your program director to report an absence prior to the start of your class to receive a makeup class or open gym credits. Continue to carefully monitor the news and developments related to this situation and provide updates as appropriate. 

This is a situation that has never been confronted.  It is our duty to each other to make the right decisions for the community and businesses involved.

More information will be shared as soon as it is available.

Feel free to reach out to me, Daniel Young at 617-285-0406 or dan_young5@comcast.net for further guidance.

All the best,

Daniel Young

 

 

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10 Commandments of Crisis Management 

  1. Thou shalt meet the storm head on. 
  2. Thou shalt not say “no comment.” 
  3. Thou shalt not hide from reporters. 
  4. Thou shalt not speak off the record. 
  5. Thou shalt not be caught unprepared. 
  6. Thou shalt not bear false witness. 
  7. Thou shalt not show anger. 
  8. Thou shalt honor other people’s emotions. 
  9. Thou shalt repeat the message until it is heard. 
  10. Thou shalt show genuine empathy. 

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