Like so many of you, we have spent the last several days and weeks learning about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it is impacting our world. For the ACL, that means understanding how it affects our players, officials, employees and partners, and then making the necessary adjustments to our operations. Accordingly, we have made several adjustments to our business in response to the threat of coronavirus.
With respect to our ACL Cornhole Mania, March 13 – 15, 2020 at the Huntington Convention Center we will be limiting attendance to players, officials, employees and sponsors. This policy is consistent with the NFL, NBA, MLS, MLB and the request of the Governor of Ohio. Spectator refunds are available at www.iplayacl.com by filling out a support ticket. Additionally, we are adding hand sanitizer at the front entrances to our events and at other high traffic areas. Sanitizing wipes will also be available throughout the event venue. Also, we have confirmed with the venue operator that cleaning services will be ramped up. We are closely following the CDC website guidelines and recommendations on the steps we can take to help prevent the spread of the virus.
We have shared specific instructions on the steps with our players, officials and employees on the importance of washing their hands and staying home if they feel sick or are returning from an area of the world identified as posing a coronavirus-related risk. Per CDC recommendations, we ask players, officials, employees and/or partners who have traveled to such location or have been exposed to others who have traveled to such locations to self-quarantine for 14 days and notify us through a support ticket at www.iplayacl.com.
ACL DIRECTOR AND PLAYER INSTRUCTIONS
ACL Players and Directors should:
a. Monitor the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website www.cdc.gov for updates. Follow CDC Guidance https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/workplace- school-and-home-guidance.pdf. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance.
b. Educate their workforce and fellow players about event safety – (i) no handshaking, wash hands, avoid touching faces and cover coughs and sneezes, disinfect surfaces like door handles, tables, and handrails, (ii) use videoconferencing, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces, consider adjusting or postponing large meetings, or gatherings, assess risk of business travel, (iii) encourage employees to stay home if feeling sick or anyone in the household is sick and (iv) to self-quarantine for 14 days if returning from an area of the world posing a coronavirus related risk or have been exposed to others who have traveled to such locations.
c. Follow state and local health department guidance with respect to their events. Follow the guidance of the Mayor of their city, Governor of their state. They should be in constant contact with their venue provider regarding updates, changes to how venue manager is hosting events. Directors should consider adopting the No Spectator policy. They can use the ACL most recent Public Statement adjusted for their local jurisdiction.
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