We have been closely following Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s Press Briefings found at https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home and President Donald Trumps, Opening Up America Again plan found at https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/. Governor DeWine has offered support for the President’s plan, and so we can expect this model to guide Ohio’s reopening efforts. The Opening Up America Again calls for a 3 phase approach that includes a gradual opening of the economy so long as certain benchmarks are met. The minimum time for a community to get to Phase 3 would be 6 weeks. In Phase 3, the plan large venues like sporting events can operate under limited physical distancing protocols. We feel that we are most likely in this category and expect that we would not be able to operate until at least mid-June, at the earliest.
We will be refunding all entry fees for only the events in June. For those who purchased one-day USA Triathlon memberships for the event, we will be working with them over the next few weeks to have those memberships refunded. Annual USA Triathlon memberships are not being refunded at this time. Additionally, we cannot refund registration processing fees as these were collected by a third party. Individuals who are registered for these races will receive an email explaining the refund and can expect to be emailed an electronic check from the registration company, IMATHLETE. If you have any questions, please contact us.
We will continue to follow the guidance issued by both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of Ohio, the Federal Government, local officials, and our staff. We know that things are changing daily, and so we will update you as we know more. In the meantime, please follow the travel, prevention, testing, and treatment recommendations outlined by the CDC, and stay safe!
You can learn more about CDC guidelines at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
Thank you, Mick, Nick, and Rebekah
The Ohio Games Executive Committee
The coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic is unprecedented, and the situation is rapidly changing. We are very concerned with the health and wellbeing of our athletes, staff, volunteers, partners, contractors, and all involved with our events.
We are also saddened that events have been canceled, businesses have closed, and social gatherings have been limited. We support these measures and have confidence in the efforts of our governments and healthcare providers. The Ohio Games staff has been consulting with and will continue to work with medical professionals, local governments, and our national governing bodies and organizations, including the National Congress of State Games, to address the changing needs of our organization and those we serve.
We are aware that the situation continues to evolve, and we will communicate updates to everyone as soon as possible. We encourage you to follow the travel, prevention, testing, and treatment recommendations outlined by the CDC. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this ever-changing situation.