US Quidditch is cancelling all three fall regional championships that were set to take place in October and November 2020.
After consulting with the USQ risk management team and regional coordinators, US Quidditch has decided to cancel the fall 2020 Regional Championships. This includes the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Great Lakes Regional Championships originally scheduled for late October to mid-November. The Midwest Regional Championship was canceled earlier this summer.
This update comes after months of USQ’s events, gameplay, and risk management teams working through various contingency plans to host these championships: such as, restricting the number of teams, prohibiting spectators, and increasing sanitization procedures. With the health and safety of the quidditch community as our top priority, USQ has decided to not move forward with the execution of these regional events.
Communicated earlier this month, all USQ member teams are currently in stage 2 of the COVID-19 return to play guidelines. This stage allows only non-contact, small, outdoor practices until further notice. As we came closer to the previously announced cancellation decision dates, USQ’s risk management team concluded that conditions have not improved enough to ensure the safety of participants, volunteers, staff, spectators, and host communities at any large gathering this fall. Moreover, many teams have made the decision to not participate in events this fall due to a variety of reasons, which included restrictions from universities.
Another update on return to play guidelines will be provided on October 2. This update will outline all stages of return to play and provide clear guidelines for when USQ and teams may move through the different stages.
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