April 26, 2020

Preblast & COVID-19 Status for the Week of 4/27/20

[UPDATE 4/28/20] More AOs to open TOMORROW:
The mayors of Shelby County had a press conference yesterday discussing a new plan to reopen businesses in phases based on several health data points. We’ve decided to reopen many AOs based on the overall positive trajectory we’re seeing locally. Although we haven’t entered Phase 1 yet, small workout groups are not prohibited under the current phase, parks are open for use, and outdoor exercise is encouraged. Our mission is ultimately to reinvigorate male community leadership. Our communities need a lot of that right now.

AO Status as of 4/29/20
* indicates AOs with substitute AOQs

Open AOs: 8 Track, Arcadia*, Armory, Barracks*, Blazing Saddle, Blue Collar, Green Mile, Lair, Levee*, Ruins, Sandlot

Closed AOs: Annex, Berm (opening Monday, 5/4), Bullseye, Morg, Mothership, Neverland, Old Forest

We’ve left the decision to open AOs in the hands of the AOQs. Some men have decided for numerous reasons to not post. For some AOs, others have stepped in to serve as temporary fill-ins.

We want to emphasize that posting is a decision every man must make for himself. You have to weigh the risks. Some people are convinced this is all a conspiracy. Some are convinced leaving your home is treacherous. As Dark Helmet said in his latest post, this is an opportunity to disagree without being disagreeable. If you choose not to post, continue putting in work with Home WODs (which will continue to be posted daily), rucking and running, and the monthly fitness challenges.

We’re asking that all workouts adhere to these guidelines:
• Stay home if you are sick, medically vulnerable, or have been in contact with someone who is sick.
• All groups must be 10 PAX or less. Be prepared to break into smaller groups. Q’s should be prepared to hand a written workout to one or two others. Groups should have considerable distance between them (opposite ends of a park) and should remain separated throughout the workout and COT.
• Maintain a social distance of six feet or more between yourself and others. This means no arms-locked COT and no partner exercises.
• Follow any and all local guidance regarding park use. Some park amenities are still closed.
• Practice good personal hygiene.
• Consider wearing a mask.
• Be considerate of other park visitors.

SEE YOU IN THE GLOOM!

Highlights:  It’s happening! Local and state governments are beginning to slowly open our communities back up. All Germantown AOs will be open this week based on update guidance from the city. Please read below for more information. We’re all very eager to get back to our regular workout schedule, but we’re going to continue to take our cues from what our local governments are recommending. Home WODs will continue to be posted daily.

COVID-19 Status:
We are monitoring local government recommendations and orders regularly. On April 24th, Germantown announced the re-opening of certain park amenities and loosened restrictions on small groups. As the recommendations change across the metro area, we’ll continue to adjust our workout plan. We want to encourage you to follow your local community’s guidance and respect each man’s choice to post or not post.

Keep in mind that in the coming months, governments could flip the Safer at Home switch off and on as cases fluctuate. We’ll have to continue to be flexible as we try to do what’s best for our communities.

Germantown: As of 4/24, certain park amenities have been re-opened, including tennis courts and the Houston Levee skate park. Other park amenities that typically draw larger crowds and require physical touch (like playground equipment) remain closed at this time. These areas include, but are not limited to playgrounds, picnic shelters, sports fields/courts and special use/rental facilities. 

Germantown is asking that park visitors take the following precautions [F3 comments added in italics]:
• Stay home if you are sick, medically vulnerable or not at your best.
• Maintain a social distance of six feet or more between yourself and other parks users not in your family. [This means no arms-locked COT and no partner exercises.]
• Do not congregate in groups of 10 or more in any specific park area. [Be prepared to break into smaller groups. Q’s should be prepared to hand a written workout to one or two others. Groups should have considerable distance between them (opposite ends of a park) and should remain separated throughout the workout and COT.]
• Practice personal hygiene – wash your hands often, bring hand sanitizer and/or soap with you. Avoid touching surfaces.
• Wearing a mask is encouraged.
• Make your park visit shorter than usual – so others can also access the space when you leave.  [Our workout times should not affect other visitors, but please be especially mindful of walkers and other park visitors.]

Read the Germantown announcement here: https://www.germantown-tn.gov/Home/Components/News/News/6362/30

All Other Community AOs (Memphis, Bartlett, Collierville, Arlington) remain CLOSED: All other AOs remain CLOSED until further notice in compliance with local guidance.

We are doing our best to keep up with local recommendations. Below is a . Shelby County mayors are supposedly going to release a re-open plan this week. Below is a summary of the latest guidance from these communities.

Memphis: Although city parks are open, parking lots are closed and street parking is prohibited. Responding to crowds at parks, Mayor Strickland also stated, “Medical experts recommend outdoor activities, but only with people in your household…” Taken from his March 30 update. Memphis’ Safer at Home order is currently extended through May 4th.

Bartlett: Has renewed their Safer at Home order through 4/30. The order mirrors Memphis’. Their Safer at Home FAQ also recommends not to gather in any groups.

Collierville: While parks are open, their April 15 update says “Don’t participate in organized activities.”

Arlington: Has renewed their Safer at Home order through 4/30. The order mirrors Memphis’.

April Fitness Challenge:
Snowman (Armory AOQ) is challenging you to do #FillTheSleeves in April. Progress tracker here.

Virtual 2F/3F Opportunities:
Join us on Zoom for service-focused calls on Mondays and Fridays at noon and a Q Source call on Wednesdays at noon. This week, we’ll hear from Chioccetti on Monday (South Memphis & New Hope Christian Academy) and Shoestring on Friday (Memphis Athletic Ministries).