March 13, 2020
Dear North Texas Families,
We, the North Texas Swimming Board of Directors, stand committed to the health and wellness of all our members, especially our athletes. We have been collaborating with USA Swimming and public health officials during this unusual time as the coronavirus (COVID-19) has resulted in unprecedented changes within the sports world.
As of March 12, USA Swimming has suspended all “events, camps, conferences, or any occasion that requires individuals to travel and gather for the next 30 days” ( USA Swimming - COVID-19 Update). North Texas Swimming Board of Directors have voted to adhere to USA Swimming’s decision. The HOD meeting scheduled for April 5 will be postponed until further notice.
Additionally, many local ISDs and county entities are urging the public to minimize social interactions in an effort to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19. Furthermore, the Texas - DSHS recommends, “that you start practicing social distancing. Social distancing involves staying away from other people to avoid catching or spreading illness. It’s a fancy term for avoiding crowds and minimizing physical contact. This could mean avoiding concerts or weddings, skipping the handshake, and/or staying at least six feet away from others.” (Texas - DSHS)
Therefore, as the North Texas Swimming Board of Directors, we strongly recommend that clubs cease practice for the next 2 weeks (Resuming practice no earlier than March 30).
We will continue to monitor this fluid situation and communicate with our members and families any updates as we receive them. Follow us on Twitter @ntxswimming for more updates.
DSHS recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of any respiratory virus, including COVID‑19:· Wash hands often for 20 seconds and encourage others to do the same.· If no soap and water are available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.· Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.· Disinfect surfaces, buttons, handles, knobs, and other places touched often.· Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
General Chair - North Texas Swimming214-793-4773