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As we head into the 2020 season, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of BMW is closely monitoring the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and following guidance from federal, state and local agencies on recommendations pertaining to best practices to reduce the impact of the virus spreading among our membership and families.
We are also communicating with the BMW National offices to ensure messaging is as clear and as consistent as possible.
We care deeply about the safety and health of all our members. With that in mind, the RMC Board is evaluating upcoming events to determine whether they should be rescheduled, cancelled, and/or revised given the recommendations from the CDC and other government agencies.
Please know that as we make decisions on the upcoming events, we will keep everyone informed via our email blasts and our RMC Facebook page. Should you have any questions, please reach out to anyone on the RMC Board and we will answer your questions to the best of our ability or use our contact form here.
For those of you who may not have received it, the COVID-19-related email from BMW CCA that was released 3/14 is copied below.
Thank you all for your continued patience as we determine the next steps for our upcoming events this season.
Rocky Mountain Chapter of BMW
Email From National
The BMW Car Club of America and the BMW Car Club of America Foundation are committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our members, chapter leaders, boards, staff, and guests. We are carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and all communications from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); federal, state, and local governmental agencies; and local health officials to keep abreast of this ever-changing situation.
We have received (many) questions from chapter leadership and members in regard to the planning and execution of upcoming events in the face of the current COVID-19 outbreak.
It is now clear that large gatherings, particularly those that are held indoors, are not advisable. Several states and municipal governments have prohibited gatherings of more than 250 people. Others have recommended limiting gatherings to 50 people or fewer. With respect to these health advisories, the Board of the BMW CCA has just announced the cancellation of its upcoming April 4 Board Meeting, Annual Meeting, and Cars and Coffee in Greer, SC.
As you consider whether to cancel, postpone, delay, or hold an upcoming event, we strongly recommend the following:
- All chapters must follow the direction of the CDC and all federal, state, and local governmental regulatory bodies and agencies.
- If you proceed with any event be advised that equipment, driving suits, helmets, balaclavas, gloves, headgear of any sort, etc. should not be shared.
- Maintain sanitary conditions to the best of your ability, including but not limited to, providing hand sanitizer and soap for washing of hands.
- Avoid physical contact as much as practicable.
- Move classroom activities outside or online whenever possible and try to maintain at least six feet of space between individuals.
- Most importantly common sense must prevail here with the understanding that this is an unusual and very fluid situation. If you are hosting an event, please remind your attendees and organizational team that if they are feeling ill to stay at home.
For those hosting Tire Rack Street Survival programs, please note that even if it is past the cancellation period, a more liberal cancellation policy will be applied as needed. Both the Club and the Foundation will use our websites, BimmerLife, email blasts and Facebook pages to communicate any changes to our activities. Please check these regularly.
Again, regulations will vary by state and locality. Please be certain that you are following the laws of your state and locality and all announcements by the CDC and federal regulators. We are in unprecedented territory. While what we do is important and fun, we must keep things in perspective.
The safety and security of our guests, students, members, staff, and leaders remains our highest priority.
As always, thank you for your membership in and support of the BMW Car Club of America and the BMW Car Club of America Foundation. We are here to help in any way we can. Please do not hesitate to ask. We look forward to serving our members and providing safe, fun, and educational events in 2020 and beyond.
BMW Car Club of America • 2350 Highway 101 S • Greer, SC 29651
864-250-0022 • bmwcca.org