We the people of the state of Oregon ask for a revision to the guidelines put out by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to allow fans back into the stands to support our local school athletic programs and demonstrate the support from our communities that our kids desperately need! Please support these hurting communities and get our fans back in the stands by Friday! #fansinthestands
The inconsistency and inequality in your guidelines are so painfully frustrating. If we can have thousands of people in malls and hundreds of people in Costco in the same communities indoors wearing masks it is completely illogical that we cannot be outdoors in a stadium wearing masks! We need you to change these guidelines that literally prioritize shopping indoors over parents watching their own kids play sports in outdoor stadiums! Please give schools the authority to set up their own best plan & entrust them with the responsibility to employ safe practices of face masks, social distancing and safe size groups for the spaces.
We recognize that you are trying to keep our communities safe but these types of unbelievable guidelines that make our kids and parents and families feel like they are not essential and what they are doing is not important is detrimental to their mental health and to the health of these communities.
We all now know the risks of COVID and we can all choose to assume the risks involved with leaving our house, going to a game or going to a restaurant! It is our choice to make and we ask you to allow us tho make that choice! Anyone who doesn’t want to go obviously doesn’t have to! These are our public spaces and these are our kids and we have shown that we can wear masks safely.
We are asking you to please make a change in these guidelines before Friday so that our high schools and our students and our parents can get back to some sort of normal in this transition out of this pandemic. This is desperately urgent. We are mourning the loss of a recent suicide victim from Lakeridge high school, these kids are hurting!!! Kids are literally dying from depression and we need to start supporting them! They need the support of their family & friends as they bravely return to sports. Please change these guidelines! We are willing to wear masks & proceed safely but we need you to change these guidelines that are so inequitable & clearly communicate to our kids they are not important!
Local high school football games and sporting events are life-giving to these communities that have been so deprived for so long and we believe one of the most essential things for rebuilding in this transition back into normal life.
We have tried emailing the office of the OHA and we get a automated response which states because of an overwhelming amount of emails you cannot respond to us. Do you see the irony. So many people are so incredibly frustrated with these guidelines & these policies and you are not listening and not responding to the people when we try to email!
Thank you for hearing our request and please respond by amending these guidelines to allow for #fansinthestands! We hope for a quick response by Friday (3/5) because that is the start of what will be a very short season for our High school football programs and short seasons for other sports as well.
Sincerely & urgently,
The People of Oregon