Update on COVID-19 for National Association of Rocketry Recently, the recommendations from the Whitehouse and CDC on minimizing the risk and spread of COVID-19 have been updated to ask that all “Avoid social gatherings in groups of 10 people.” This recommendation is pretty clear and should be followed by all to help slow down and stop this rapidly growing health concern. Based on the recommendation of the President and CDC, as the President of the NAR Board, I am instituting the following policy to take effect immediately and be in effect for a minimum of 15 days (March 17 -April 1, 2020):
- All NAR Sections shall postpone or cancel Section launches, meetings, and other group activities during this period.
- There should be no organized launches, meetings, and other group activities of 10 or more persons during this period.
I will send an update on the policy on or before April 1. I ask that all members please adhere to the intent and spirit of this policy and help to protect all who would be attending a launch from the possible infection of this virus. TARC launches have been suspended indefinitely by AIA and the NAR, so there will not be any TARC teams needing our help with qualification flights. I understand this is a potential hardship for some, but the desire to fly rockets in large groups does not supersede the potential risk of infecting someone attending a NAR launch. Thank you and please be safe! John N. HochheimerPresidentNational Association of Rocketry