March 12, 2020
In consultation with FIRST HQ, with an abundance of caution given recent Coronavirus updates, effective immediately we have chosen to postpone the Orlando Regional at this time. We appreciate your partnership, understanding, and gracious professionalism through it all.
FIRST HQ Update: https://www.firstinspires.org/covid-19
March 9, 2020
We are just a few days away from the start of the Orlando Regional.
We are following every precaution the CDC has advised and are taking extra precautions at the Orlando Regional.
We will have hand sanitizer all around the arena. If you have hand sanitizer for your pit, bring it!
We are NOT handing out safety glasses so each team needs to bring enough for the team, any parents, or team visitors.
We will NOT be doing a High Five line. We will be doing elbow bumps or something similar.
If anyone is showing symptoms or is feeling sick, please stay home. This is for both Volunteers and Participants.
The teams from the UK and Puerto Rico have both dropped out but we still have the teams from Brazil and Dominican Republic coming. Neither of those countries are blocked from arriving in our country. Please send some FIRST Smiles to Team 1144 COQUITRON and Team 1884 Griffins.
If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Wendy Austin. We look forward to seeing you all in a few days!
March 7, 2020
As of today our event will continue as planned. International teams are welcome to come and play. None of the teams coming to the Orlando Regional are on restricted travel from our government, please keep checking as this can change on a moment’s notice.
As for our Regional in particular, we are taking the following precautions:
There will be NO safety glasses table where glasses are being recycled. We are reminding teams to bring enough safety glasses for their entire team and any parents that are coming. We have purchased several pairs of glasses that we will have for sale to the general public, these are not for team puchase.
We will modify the high five line to fist or elbow bumps. We will have disinfectant wipes and tissues placed around the venue.
Coaches and Mentors
We ask all coaches and mentors to bring a thermometer with them to check any students with signs of a fever.
Please do not travel to the event if you are feeling ill or bring anyone on your team that show signs of the virus.
Follow the CDC guidelines. Remind your students to wash their hands.
Our Regional Director, Wendy Austin, will continue to send updates as needed. If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Wendy Austin.
We look forward to seeing you all in a week!