State FFA Convention canceled in wake of new coronavirus rules
In the wake of Gov. Kate Brown's announcement on Thursday, banning large gatherings of more than 250 people, the Oregon State FFA Convention, set to be held March 19-22, at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center, has been cancelled.
"The Oregon FFA State Convention has now officially been canceled," a Facebook post from the Oregon FFA Association Thursday morning.
"We will be sending out additional information later today, but please make sure that you do whatever is needed to cancel your travel plans," the association added. "We will not be rescheduling the convention, but will be rescheduling the components of convention. We will be working to promote many of the convention activities online during the regularly scheduled convention times."
The governor's new rules were set in place days after she announced a state of emergency on March 8 addressing the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The rules released include:
1. All large gatherings over 250 people will be canceled statewide effective immediately for four weeks. A gathering is defined as any event in a space in which appropriate social distancing of a minimum of three feet cannot be maintained.
2. In addition to previous guidance issued on March 8, 2020 to keep schools open, all non-essential school-associated gatherings and group activities should be canceled — such as group parent meetings, field trips, and competitions.
3. Recommended implementation of distancing measures including an increased physical space between employees in offices and worksites, limited in-person meetings, limited travel, and staggered work schedules where possible.
4. Strict limitations announced this week by the Oregon Health Authority and Department of Human Services remain in place.
This story will continue to be updated as more information is released.
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