Like you, we’ve been closely following the ongoing coronavirus. There’s been a lot of uncertainty about how this pandemic will affect our activity and our summer tour; we wanted to update you as soon as we had more information to share. Phantom Regiment, DCI, and our fellow corps agree that the most important thing when making decisions about this season is the safety of everyone involved with our activity, and that will remain our top priority going forward. Here’s what we’ve been up to:
In response to the most recent developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19), DCI held a call on Tuesday, March 17 to discuss the current impact on the DCI community. Representatives from member organizations shared their mitigation strategies and discussed planning options for the 2020 summer tour.
All DCI corps have canceled their in-person weekend rehearsal camps for March and will cancel camps for April, adhering to current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institute of Health (NIH), and the White House (President’s Guidelines 0316) regarding non-essential travel and avoiding social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people. Corps will continue to respond accordingly as the situation unfolds over the next few weeks.
Working closely with the Board of Directors, DCI’s Indianapolis-based staff has shifted its focus from normal pre-season preparations to business continuity and contingency planning. With hope for a safe and vastly improved environment in the coming weeks, DCI’s current efforts include developing a revised and compressed schedule for the 2020 summer tour to be used as necessary.
The entire DCI community is united in its commitment to protect performers, staff, and volunteers, along with housing site hosts and everyone who’s associated with our national tour and competitions. This remains our top priority.
DCI and Phantom Regiment will continue to release information as more details become available.