From District 20 and Unit 487 Boards of Directors:
Oregon Coast Regional (Seaside) has just been canceled by the District 20 Board of Directors. It was due to start on September 27. The main reason is the surge of coronavirus cases in the region. The Board, in an abundance of caution, did not want to unnecessarily expose players, staff, and the community to potential harm from the pandemic.
Portland Oregon Sectional was also canceled, September 17-19. Please read the comments from the Portland Unit Board (U487) below that reflect the concerns that many in the District have expressed.
The Unit 487 Board of Directors met on August 11 and came to the unanimous conclusion that we should cancel our planned September 17-19 Sectional Tournament. Our decision was based on the current Oregon Health Authority guidance on 8/11 that included a return to masking indoors and social distancing starting 8/13.
We understand that the Delta variant is prevalent in our area and is a continuing risk. We note that fully vaccinated people, while generally protected from the worst effects of the virus, remain at risk of developing and transmitting COVID infections. We concluded it is in the best interest of our Unit members to wait until the health and safety risks have abated before resuming tournament play.
We look forward to the resumption of tournament play and we will keep Unit members advised of our plans for tournaments later this year and in 2022.
In the meantime, please enjoy bridge safely, and thank you for your understanding.
Unit 487 Board