A Message from PSO regarding the Coronavirus
Dear PSO family,
We’d like the address the ongoing situation with coronavirus as many of you have reached to express concerns over event cancellations or travel issues. We hear you. It’s a difficult time.
For now, PSO events will continue as scheduled. We will monitor guidance from governmental agencies such as the the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and local health agencies to stay on top of this evolving situation. We are committed to following government guidelines and being good community partners.
According to the most recent information from the Los Angeles County health department:
“Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing respiratory illness in people and others that circulate mostly among animals. Common symptoms in an infected person include fever, cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
There is no immediate threat to the general public and no special precautions are required. You are encouraged to engage in your regular activities and practice good public health hygiene.”
This means that as of today, Pacific in Los Angeles will continue as scheduled. The remaining March, April, and May onward events will also continue as scheduled. We’ll monitor local health agency recommendations for upcoming cities like Vancouver, Herndon, Cary, Seattle, and Houston, and will update you on any changes as soon as we know.
Just like with flu season, we encourage everyday prevention of illness. Everyday personal prevention actions include:
Stay home when you are sick. Stay home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever or symptoms of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and then dispose of the tissue and clean your hands immediately. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
Limit close contact with people who are sick.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
We offer the following arrangements for you to ensure public safety:
If you are sick on the day of the competition, please stay home. I know it’s disappointing but it’s just not worth it. Send us an email and we can help transfer your registration to another event so that you can get onstage when you’re feeling better.
If you or someone in your family has purchased tickets for someone in an at-risk population (ex. Grandma or someone who has low immunity due to a medical condition) and they no longer wish to attend, please send us an email and we will transfer it to another event later this year or next .
We will do our best to offer hand sanitizers and additional cleaning products if they are available. As many of you have experienced, stores are either short of supplies, back ordered, or limiting the quantities that can be purchased. If you have your own hand sanitizer or wipes, feel free to bring them to the event for your own usage in case we run out.
While I would LOVE to give the winners a hug during the awards ceremonies as I always do, we’ll refrain from onstage hugs for the time being.
Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if there’s anything else that we can assist with.