As predicted by many public health experts, the onset of Winter has brought a rise in Covid infection rates. There are new orders from the Governor's office concerning increased mask protection. Group rides are not prohibited by the new orders, but the Executive Committee is urging all riders to be extra vigilant in following the SCU Mitigation Measures which are listed below for your convenience.
The greatest risk to riders is probably at the start and finish of a ride, and at any rest stops. Consistent with the new orders, please use a mask whenever you are close to others, indoors or out. Avoid spending excessive time at indoor rest stops. Grabbing something to eat outside is the safer option.
If you are in a high-risk group, someone in your household is, or you just want to be cautious, riding solo or with family members is probably your best option. The SCU RideWithGPS library has many routes available for you to help you navigate interesting roads and places to visit. This will apply to many of us and nobody should feel embarrassed about avoiding group rides until the Covid rate starts to fall again.
If you are thinking, "I'm healthy, this virus won't kill me", you may be right. But getting Covid would almost certainly cause you to stop riding for a couple weeks, and respiratory difficulty and other long-term effects could linger for months. You will be sure to lose some of your hard-earned bike fitness. Practicing caution is probably your best bet if you continue to ride with others.
Regardless of your situation, it's in everyone's best interest to avoid getting or giving a Covid infection. We are all looking forward to a vaccine that will allow us to go back to normal, but until then, masks and social distance are our best protection.
Stay healthy and 'keep the rubber side down'.
President of SCU