Dear Friends of the Pittsburgh Chess Club:

The PCC Board of Directors are tracking the COVID-19 pandemic very closely. Please be assured that the health, safety, and well-being of our members, volunteers, and visitors is always our top priority.After much consideration, we have decided to maintain our regular club hours and to proceed with previously scheduled events. This decision is based on the guidance from local authorities, including: the City of Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Health Department, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control. Please be aware that this situation is evolving rapidly, and we will continue to keep you informed should future changes to Club hours, classes, tournaments, or special events be required.

Until further notice, we will be adhering to the following common sense procedures:

  • A suspension of hand-shaking before and after matches. As an alternative, we recommend an elbow-bump or a conscientious nod or wave.
  • If you have a fever, please don’t come to the Club. You must be fever-free for 48 hours before returning.
  • If you have recently traveled to any country designated as Level 1, 2, or 3 by the CDC, we ask that you do not enter the Club or tournament hall until two weeks after returning to the US.
  • Please wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. The Club will ensure there is an ample supply of soap and alcohol-based hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
  • The Club will provide disinfectant wipes to clean boards and pieces.
  • The Club will have ample supplies of Kleenex. Covid-19 is spread mostly by airborne droplets. Kleenex is preferable to sneezing on the board or even into your sleeve.

For your own safety and the safety of others, please:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • If you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.

We’re thankful for your support, understanding, and compliance in this time of uncertainty.

Sincerely,
Mark Jeromin
President, Pittsburgh Chess Club

 

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