From PA’s Dave Shrock: “I have been in discussion with Dr. Robert Chapman (USATF Associate Director of Sports Science and Medicine & COVID19 Chair), and this is the official USATF verbiage as of now.”
Can clubs conduct practices?
Each association, club coach and local organizer should consult their local health authorities for guidance. A top priority now is health, wellness, and proper behaviors to avoid infection and its spread as we are still within the ‘crisis’ phase of this situation.
For specific guidelines for athletes and coaches who choose to continue training refer to: https://www.usatf.org/covid19/usatf-covid-19-working-group-guidelines-recommendations-and-general-information-on-covid-19
When can we begin to host events?
As the health and safety of all membership are the top priorities now, return to competition is unknown at this time, and the process by which competitions will be deemed safe, (from a public health perspective) to move forward is going to be multi-faceted, and will take time — but it is being discussed by key medical and scientific experts, in consultation with the CDC, USOPC, and multiple other professional sports organizations.
The USATF COVID-19 Taskforce and leadership are assessing event schedules with ramifications frequently.