Group cycling in a coronavirus epidemic
Covid-19 is a worldwide pandemic respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus. Typical symptoms include fever and cough.
Covid-19 is highly prevalent in the New York City area and we all should be practicing contagion avoidance measures. Wash your hands regularly (especially before eating) with soap and water or sanitizer. Avoid touching your face unless your hands have just been washed. When you are around other people, stay 6 feet away, and cover your nose and mouth. You can fashion a mask out of a scarf or bandana and save surgical masks for health care workers. If you have a fever or cough, don't go out at all unless it is to seek medical attention.
What about group bicycling? Unless you suffer a direct hit from a snot rocket or are pacelining, you are not at high risk of infection; you’re just too far away from others. The risk is higher, however, with a group at the ride start, rest stops, and lunch venues where you should practice the infection control measures listed above.
In an abundance of caution, your club has canceled all group bicycling activities indefinitely. The club leadership is closely monitoring disease prevalence and will re-open the schedule when it is safe to do so. Upcoming weekend trips are being canceled or postponed. Registered riders for canceled weekend trips have received refunds.