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Covid-19's Effect on Monthly Meetings

Due to the Covid -19 pandemic and the subsequent mandates by the state of Illinois, we cannot hold monthly meetings until we get to "Stage 4."  Even then, it is up to our host, St. Paul's Unitied Church of Christ to allow us to use their space.  When both of these conditions are met, we will again host meetings which members and the general public are invited.  Please be aware that when we do return to monthly meetings, everyone attending should follow all safe practices currently in place, including minimal contact with others, wearing a mask, frequent hand-washing, and social distancing. It will be up to each individual member to decide for themselves whether they are healthy enough to attend.  If you are sick, please stay home.  If you are in a vulnerable group, then consider staying home.

The following was posted on the IPMS-USA website on May 6th, 2020:

Coronavirus Update

May 6, 2020

Local & Regional Show Update

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, IPMS/USA urges all chapters to follow federal, state and local regulations regarding gatherings.  These regulations are constantly changing so please check before you schedule your show.

We also recommend you check with your show venues regarding cancellation policies.  While we all want to get back to our regular chapter meetings and shows, COVID-19 will be around longer than we want.  If a rescheduled show needs to be cancelled, be sure your chapter does not suffer any financial consequences 

Personally, I highly urge all members to wear a mask when going out.  It makes a big difference. Until testing is dramatically increased and a vaccine is available, anything we can all do will help decrease the spread of this virus 

Going forward, the following disclaimer needs to be added to all show flyers as well as your posting on the IPMS/USA event page:

“In light of the current pandemic situation, please be aware that neither IPMS/USA nor its Chapters are liable for any potential transmission of illnesses.  Those planning to attend this event should (a) follow existing safe social distancing recommendations and (b) abide by any local or state regulations regarding gatherings.”

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  I wish you, your family members and your fellow modelers safe passage through this pandemic.  Be well.  

Happy modeling.

Dave Lockhart
IPMS/USA Director of Local Chapters
(678) 620-8417

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