A message from the President of LPS of USA
Jai Shri Krishna:
We hope this message brings everyone in good health.
Although coronavirus may cancel some holiday festivities, it will never cancel holiday cheer!
This holiday season we will most likely be home alone with close family members. With a vaccine for the COVID-19 pandemic not set for mass distribution any time soon and a possible rise in cases during flu season, the holidays will look a little different than we are used to. But while some traditions may need to fall by the wayside for the safety of yourself and others, that does not mean that other ones will not take their place. So, although the holidays may not be the same this year, that does not mean it should stop you from getting into the holiday cheer.
We would like to take the time to let our community know that as the holiday months approach we all must take the necessary precautions as COVID 19 is making a dangerous comeback in most parts of the United States according to recent reports.
Although we cannot stop anyone from holding events and gatherings it is a responsibility as leaders to remind our community to bring awareness to make sensible decisions and help minimize the spread of the virus and follow the guidelines per CDC recommendations. Please try to avoid large gatherings and events if possible, to help minimize risks to yourself and others around you.
Please read the following message from CDC:
As communities in the United States begin to plan and hold events and gatherings, the CDC offers the following considerations for enhancing protection of individuals and communities and preventing spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Event planners and officials can determine, in collaboration with state and local health officials, whether and how to implement these considerations, making adjustments to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community. Because COVID-19 virus circulation varies in communities, these considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which gatherings must comply. Organizers should continue to assess, based on current conditions, whether to postpone, cancel, or significantly reduce the number of attendees for gatherings.
Guiding Principles according to CDC
- A gathering refers to a planned or spontaneous event, indoors or outdoors, with a small number of people participating or a large number of people in attendance such as a community event or gathering, concert, festival, conference, parade, wedding, or sporting event.
- The more people an individual interacts with at a gathering and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and COVID-19 spreading.
- The higher the level of community transmission in the area that the gathering is being held, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spreading during a gathering.
- The size of an event or gathering should be determined based on state, local, territorial or tribal safety laws and regulations.
The risk of COVID-19 spreading at events and gatherings increases as follows:
- Lowest risk: Virtual-only activities, events, and gatherings.
- More risk: Smaller outdoor and in-person gatherings in which individuals from different households remain spaced at least 6 feet apart, wear masks, do not share objects, and come from the same local area (e.g., community, town, city, or county).
- Higher risk: Medium-sized in-person gatherings that are adapted to allow individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and with attendees coming from outside the local area.
- Highest risk: Large in-person gatherings where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and attendees travel from outside the local area.
LPS of USA