Monday, August 2, 2021
Dear AAFSC Members,
As part of the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club's continuing efforts to prioritize the health and safety of all members, we have reevaluated our COVID-19 mask policy in light of the recently updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The updated guidance is based on new evidence that the Delta variant is much more contagious and causes more serious illness than previously thought. This preliminary evidence also suggests that fully vaccinated people who become infected with the Delta variant can spread it to others. The CDC now recommends that all individuals, including those that are fully vaccinated, wear masks in public indoor settings.
In consultation with our medical advisors and the Washtenaw County Health Department as well as compliance with the latest CDC mask guidelines, the AAFSC will be reinstating the mandatory mask requirement for all skaters, coaches, staff, families, and guests (including fully vaccinated people) effective Wednesday, August 4th. As a significant portion of our membership is not yet eligible for vaccination, resuming universal masking at AAFSC will provide protection for the health and safety of all members and especially those who are most vulnerable.
It is also important to note that U.S. Figure Skating updated their COVID-19 policy requiring all people attending any U.S. Figure Skating-sanctioned event or activity to wear masks. The policy was drafted and approved under the guidance of U.S. Figure Skating's Chair of the Sports Science and Medicine Committee and the U.S. Figure Skating's Board of Directors.
Our promise to you is that we will continue to evaluate the public health guidance around this issue and that we will remove this requirement as soon as it is safe to do so. We understand that nobody wants to mask up forever.
Thank you for your continued support and compliance!
Please direct any questions to AAFSC Club Manager, Craig Forsyth at email@example.com
PLEASE NOTE: This change in policy affects Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club skaters, staff and visitors only. The mask policy for the Ann Arbor Ice Cube remains unchanged at the current time. Please respect those in the Ice Cube who are there for purposes other than figure skating.